publication . Article . 2007

“If this be living I'd rather be dead”: enslaved youth, agency and resistance on an eighteenth century Jamaican estate \ud \ud

Jones, Cecily;
Open Access English
  • Published: 22 Oct 2007
  • Publisher: Elsevier
  • Country: United Kingdom
By the late eighteenth century, enslaved children and young adults had become vital components in the reproduction of Caribbean slavery. Yet the experiences of enslaved children and adolescents have rarely been the focus of scholarship. Indeed, the near-absence of scholarship on enslaved children and youth within the historiographies of slavery, childhood and family history is striking. While we know much about the structure of family life, gender roles, courtship, marriage, and parenting among the enslaved, we know far less about the material worlds of enslaved youth and adolescents. Childhood and adolescence represented critical stages in the lives of enslaved...
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