Slave Women and Reproduction in Jamaica, c .1776–1834

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    Authors & editors

    Morgan, Kenneth [Author]

    Publisher Historical Association
    Year of publication 2006 vol 91 (302) 231-253

    Medium Digital

    Food (non-cereal) processes > Sugar
    Arts, culture and heritage > The role of women
    People and communities > Slavery


    Scope & contentThis article explains the failure of the Jamaica slaves to reproduce naturally in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

    It argues that the explanation for the failure stemmed from dietary inadequacies and the harsh working routines of sugar cultivation, which compounded epidemiological and whatever social, cultural and political factors may have motivated Jamaican slave women concerning their own reproductive capabilities

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