Enslaved Women and the Art of Resistance in Antebellum America by R. HarrisonEnslaved Women and the Art of Resistance in Antebellum America by R. Harrison

Enslaved Women and the Art of Resistance in Antebellum America

byR. Harrison

Hardcover | November 18, 2009

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Draws on mid-seventeenth to nineteenth-century slave narratives to describe oppression in the lives of enslaved African women. Investigates pre-colonial West and West Central African women's lives prior to European arrival to recover the cultural traditions and religious practices that helped enslaved women combat violence and oppression.
Renee K. Harrison is Assistant Professor of African American and U.S. Religious History at Howard University School of Divinity, USA.
Title:Enslaved Women and the Art of Resistance in Antebellum AmericaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:282 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0.93 inPublished:November 18, 2009Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230618464

ISBN - 13:9780230618466


Table of Contents

Introduction: Ancestral Vibrations PART I: PRE-COLONIAL WEST AFRICA: CONTEXT& PERSPECTIVES Seduction and Trickery in the African Slave Trade Before the Arrival of the Good 'Trouble done bore me down': Intimate Violence against Enslaved Women 'Dey wuked me lak a dog an' beat me somepin terrible': Enslaved Women and Domestic Violence 'Dat man grabbed me an' strip me naked': Enslaved Women and Sexual Violence In the Company of My Sisters: Violence among Women in American Colonies 'Misses would beat and stomp away, with all the venom of a demon': Enslaved Women& Sisterhood Violence 'That woman was simply mean': Enslaved Women and Sistah-hood Violence 'Fix Me Jesus': Enslaved Women and Self-Violence PART II: YEARNING FOR THE BEAUTIFUL: THE ART OF RESISTANCE 'However far the stream flows it never forgets its source': Five Strategies of Subversion and Freedom The Current Continues: Four More Strategies of Subversion and Freedom

Editorial Reviews

"An excellent and refreshing contribution to studies about the cultural and social sources of violence.This comprehensive book should be read by everyone concerned about the prevalence of violence and the need for healing in our world today." - Delores S. Williams, Author of Sisters in the Wilderness: The Challenge of Womanist God-Talk"An ambitious historical excavation of the violence and religion of U.S. slavery! With unflinching honesty Harrison presents a wide range of stories about the brutality black women slaves experienced and creatively organizes those storieswithin unique, womanist frameworks." - Traci C. West, Author of Disruptive Christian Ethics: When Racism and Women's Lives Matter"Harrison done gone and started something now! With this searing, soaring, and majestic work she has created an intellectual and spiritual clearing and invited our ancestral forebears to speak . . .This book deeply reaches and teaches us in places beyond words.The heretofore unsung witness of our ancestors, our mothers, bids us enter into healthy and life-affirming streams in our own day and time.Ashé!" - Alton B. Pollard, Dean and Professor of Religion and Culture, Howard University School of Divinity"This book is timely for a public hungry for fresh perspectives on race, violence, and healing . . .Crafted in poetic prose, the book offers full-bodied scholarship, original interpretations of violence and resistance, and daring proposals for action. It deserves to be widely read." - Mary Elizabeth Moore, Dean and Professor of Theology and Education, Boston University School of Theology"Scholarly, Harrison captures the rhythmic moral, beauty, and power of black women s protest tradition of the slave era. She does this without romanticizing the aesthetic and moral flaws of either black victims or white victimizers." - Riggins R. Earl, Jr., Professor of Social Ethics, Interdenominational Theological Center