Sexuality and Slavery
Reclaiming Intimate Histories in the Americas

Edited by Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris
Foreword by Catherine Clinton

An examination of the many facets of sexuality within slave communities


"This anthology assembles the best and brightest stars in the field, emerging voices whose cutting-edge criticality and provocative suggestions can reshape the historical landscapes of bondsmen and -women on land and sea, on islands and mainland, within memory and competing communities."
—Catherine Clinton, from the foreword


In this groundbreaking collection, editors Daina Ramey Berry and Leslie M. Harris place sexuality at the center of slavery studies in the Americas (the United States, the Caribbean, and South America). While scholars have marginalized or simply overlooked the importance of sexual practices in most mainstream studies of slavery, Berry and Harris argue here that sexual intimacy constituted a core terrain of struggle between slaveholders and the enslaved. These essays explore consensual sexual intimacy and expression within slave communities, as well as sexual relationships across lines of race, status, and power. Contributors explore sexuality as a tool of control, exploitation, and repression and as an expression of autonomy, resistance, and defiance.

Contributors: Trevor Burnard, Stephanie M. H. Camp, David Doddington, Jim Downs, Thomas A. Foster, Marisa J. Fuentes, Stephanie Jones-Rogers, Jessica Millward, Bianca Premo, and Brenda E. Stevenson

Gender and Slavery

A Sarah Mills Hodge Fund Publication

Page count: 240 pp.
5 b&w images, 4 tables
Trim size: 6 x 9


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DAINA RAMEY BERRY is the Oliver H. Radkey Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. She is the author of The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation and Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe: Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia.

LESLIE M. HARRIS is a professor of history at Northwestern University. She is the author of In the Shadow of Slavery: African Americans in New York City, 1626–1863 and the coeditor, with Ira Berlin, of Slavery in New York.