Women and Slavery in the Caribbean : A Feminist Perspective

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    Reddock, Rhoda E [Author]

    Publisher Latin American Perspectives
    Year of publication 1985 12 pp 63-80

    Medium Digital

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


    Scope & contentMuch has been written on the subject of New World slavery, and indeed it may seem that the time has come for all such considerations to cease. For the people of the Caribbean, however, slavery is a crucial aspect of their historical experience, and its existence and legacy are not confined to the distant past.

    In Cuba, for example, slavery still existed less than a hundred years ago. The study of history is important not for its own sake, but in order to acquire an understanding of the workings of society that we can apply to our present experience. In the women’s movement throughout the world, women have had to reexamine and reinterpret history and often rewrite it in order to make women visible.

    In this article I shall attempt to reinterpret the history of slavery in the Caribbean from a woman’s perspective. I hope by so doing to expose some of the ideology that conceals material oppression.
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    Divisions within this publication

    • 1: Women in social production
    • 2: Women and reproduction
    • 3: Amelioration and reform: new laws and women
    • 4: The transition to post-emancipation production and reproduction
    • 5: Concluding remarks

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