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By Nancy A. Hewitt

This number of twenty-four unique essays by way of major students in American women's background highlights the latest very important scholarship at the key debates and destiny instructions of this well known and modern field.

• Covers the breadth of yankee Women's historical past, together with the colonial kinfolk, marriage, health and wellbeing, sexuality, schooling, immigration, paintings, client tradition, and feminism.
• Surveys and evaluates the easiest scholarship on each very important period and subject.
• comprises elevated bibliography of titles to lead extra learn.

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As a newly enslaved African woman contemplated the frightening prospect of sustaining herself in the New World, Moota and the children she bore but did not “own” would stand as powerful portents of all that enslavement in the Americas could mean. The Parameters of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade In many respects the men and women on board the Arthur experienced a demographically normative middle passage. It was far more common for a seventeenthcentury slave ship leaving the West or West Central African coast to arrive in the Caribbean or Latin America than in North America.

As they oversaw the workings of the slave trade, officials of the Royal African Company in London consistently sent slave ship captains to the West African coast under orders to “view well the Negroes that they may be sound and merchantable[,] between the ages of 15 & 40[,]and that the major part be male” (Royal African Company Instructions, 1678). The injunctions of the Royal African Company have been understood as simply formulaic orders carried out with little difficulty, the conclusion being that European slavers purchased twice as many men as women for labor in the Americas.

The impact of colonial contact and conquest upon various racial and ethnic groups in the Americas has been on the historical agenda for a long time. However, the interpretations that emerged in the 1970s with the ascent of the “new cultural history” tended to emphasize stark delineations and overt conflict between groups.

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