“Useless”: Disability, Slave Labor, and Contradiction on Antebellum Southern Plantations

Date
2011
Authors
Boster, Dea Hadley
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University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
Abstract
African American slaves with disabilities (broadly defined as physical, mental or aesthetic conditions seen as unfavorable or impairing) performed a variety of duties on antebellum southern plantations. However, tensions between goals of production, profit, control, and planters’ expectations often created contradictory assessments of disability in slaves. Slaves with disabilities were also at risk of abuse—including corporeal punishment, neglect, and murder—from masters.
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African-American history, slavery, plantation labor
Citation
Boster, D. H. (2011). “Useless”: Disability, Slave Labor, and Contradiction on Antebellum Southern Plantations. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 7(3 & 4).
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