The Politics of Reproduction

Race, Medicine, and Fertility in the Age of Abolition
Author(s): 
Paugh, Katherine
ISBN: 
9780198789789
Date published: 
April 2017
Hardback
Price: 
£65.00

In the age of abolition, British politicians, slave owners, doctors, and missionaries were promoting motherhood among women working on Caribbean plantations, as a way to sustain the labor force in the absence of new African recruits. Paugh recounts the story of a Barbadian midwife to explore how this effort was experienced by Afro-Caribbean women.