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Author Hunt-Kennedy, Stefanie, 1985- author
Title Between fitness and death : disability and slavery in the Caribbean / Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy
Imprint Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020]
book jacket
 Euro-Am Studies Lib  306.3 H9135 2020    AVAILABLE  -  30500101563891
Descript xii, 228 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Series Disability histories
Disability histories (Series)
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-222) and index
Imagining Africa, inheriting monstrosity : gender, blackness, and capitalism in the early Atlantic World -- Between human and animal : the disabling power of slave law -- Unfree labor and industrial capital : fitness, disability, and worth -- Incorrigible runaways : disability and the bodies of fugitive slaves -- Bondsman or rebel : disability rhetoric and the challenge of revolutionary emancipation
"Long before the English became involved in the African slave trade, they imagined Africans as monstrous and deformed beings. The English drew on pre-existing European ideas about monstrosity and deformity to argue that Africans were a monstrous race, suspended between human and animal, and as such only fit for servitude. Joining blackness to disability transformed English ideas about defective bodies and minds. It also influenced understandings of race and ability even as it shaped the embodied reality of people enslaved in the British Caribbean. Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy provides a three-pronged analysis of disability in the context of Atlantic slavery. First, she examines the connections of enslavement and representations of disability and the parallel development of English anti-black racism. From there, she moves from realms of representation to reality in order to illuminate the physical, emotional, and psychological impairments inflicted by slavery and endured by the enslaved. Finally, she looks at slave law as a system of enforced disablement. Audacious and powerful, Between Fitness and Death is a groundbreaking journey into the entwined histories of racism and ableism"-- Provided by publisher
Link Online version: Hunt-Kennedy, Stefanie, 1985- Between fitness and death Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2020] 9780252052071 (DLC) 2019041550
Subject Slaves -- West Indies, British -- Social conditions
Blacks -- West Indies, British -- Social conditions
People with disabilities -- West Indies, British -- Social conditions
Racism -- West Indies, British -- History
Slavery -- Law and legislation -- West Indies, British -- History
People with disabilities -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- West Indies, British -- History
West Indies, British -- Race relations
Great Britain -- Colonies -- America -- Administration
West Indies, British -- Social conditions
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