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Published: 27 April 2017

276 Pages | 5 black and white images


ISBN: 9780198789789

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The Politics of Reproduction

Race, Medicine, and Fertility in the Age of Abolition

Katherine Paugh

The Past and Present Book Series

  • Explores the deployment of plantation management policies designed to promote fertility during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries
  • Demonstrates that governmental manipulation of women's fertility has its origins in racism and the exploitation of labor
  • Explores a fraught political and social situation through a human and relatable story of an Afro-Caribbean midwife
  • Draws on a wide variety of sources, including debates in the British Parliament and the Barbados House of Assembly, the records of Barbadian plantations, tracts about plantation management published by doctors and plantation owners, and missionary records related to the island of Barbados