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Author Barclay, Jenifer L., author.

Title The mark of slavery : disability, race, and gender in antebellum America / Jenifer L. Barclay.

Publication Info. Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 West Hartford, Noah Webster Library - Non Fiction  306.362 BARCLAY    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 222 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Disability histories
Disability histories.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-207) and index.
Contents Disability, Embodiment, and Slavery in the Old South -- Reimagined Communities: Disability and the Making of Slave Families, Communities, and Culture -- A Dose of Law: The Dialogics of Race and Disability in Southern Slave Law and Medicine -- "Cannibals All!" The Politics of Slavery, Ableism, and White Supremacy -- One Hell of a Metaphor: Disability and Race on the Antebellum Stage.
Summary "Time and again, antebellum Americans justified slavery and white supremacy by linking blackness to disability, defectiveness, and dependency. Jenifer L. Barclay examines the ubiquitous narratives that depicted black people with disabilities as pitiable, monstrous, or comical, narratives used not only to defend slavery but argue against it. As she shows, this relationship between ableism and racism impacted racial identities during the antebellum period and played an overlooked role in shaping American history afterward. Barclay also illuminates the everyday lives of the ten percent of enslaved people who lived with disabilities. Devalued by slaveholders as unsound and therefore worthless, these individuals nonetheless carved out an unusual autonomy. Their roles as caregivers, healers, and keepers of memory made them esteemed within their own communities and celebrated figures in song and folklore. Prescient in its analysis and rich in detail, 'The Mark of Slavery' is a powerful addition to the intertwined histories of disability, slavery, and race"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Slaves -- Abuse of. (OCoLC)fst01766453
Slaves -- Abuse of -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Local Subject Enslaved persons -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Enslaved persons -- Abuse of -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Subject Slaves -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
People with disabilities -- Abuse of -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
People with disabilities -- United States -- Social conditions -- History -- 19th century.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
People with disabilities -- Abuse of. (OCoLC)fst01057246
African Americans with disabilities. (OCoLC)fst00799745
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Subject People with disabilities -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01057340
Chronological Term 1800-1899
Subject Race relations. (OCoLC)fst01086509
Slaves -- Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01120577
African Americans with disabilities -- History -- 19th century.
Added Title Disability, race, and gender in antebellum America
ISBN 9780252043727 (cloth)
0252043723 (cloth)
9780252085703 (paperback)
0252085701 (paperback)
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