Event Date: 18 March 2015
Moore Management Building
Royal Holloway University of London
2015 Bedford Lecture
Dr Emily West (Reading) – The dual exploitation of enslaved women in America, c.1815-1865
This lecture provides an overview of the lives of enslaved women in America from the colonial era through to emancipation in 1865. It focuses on slaveholders’ dual exploitation of female slaves as workers and as reproducers, and the ‘double day’ of enslaved women who laboured both for their owners and for their families. Wet nursing will be used as a case study to shed light on different forms of exploitation directed against enslaved women. Dr Emily West will consider the legacies of female slavery in the struggle for gender equality in a more contemporary context.
Introduction by Dr Stella Moss (RHUL):
Audience Questions – chaired by Dr Rachel Ritchie (Society for the History of Women of the Americas, Brunel University):