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15 April 2014 Seminars are free and open to the public; RSVP required.
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History of Women and Gender Seminar

"How can the wife submit?" African Families Negotiate Gender and Slavery in New England

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Location: Schlesinger Library Gloria Whiting, Harvard University Comment: Barbara Krauthamer, University of Massachusetts—Amherst

Rescheduled from February 13, 2014.

This paper discusses various ways in which the everyday realities of slavery shaped gender relations in Afro-New England families. While the structure of slave families in the region was unusually matrifocal, these families nonetheless exhibited a number of patriarchal tendencies. Enslaved African families in New England therefore complicate the assumption of much scholarship that the structure of slave families defined their normative values.