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Old age and American slavery

Doddington, David Stefan ORCID: 2023. Old age and American slavery. New York: Cambridge University Press.

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Old Age and American Slavery explores how antebellum southerners, Black and white, adapted to, resisted, or failed to overcome changes associated with old age, both real and imagined. Slavery was a system of economic exploitation and a contested site of personal domination, both of which were affected by concerns with age. In examining how individuals, families, and communities felt about the aging process, and dealt with elders, David Stefan Doddington emphasizes the complex social relations that developed in a slave society. In connecting old age to the arguments of Black activists, abolitionists, enslavers and their propagandists, the book reveals how representations of old age, and experiences of aging, spoke to wider struggles relating to mastery, paternalism, resistance, and survival in slavery. The book asks us to rethink long-standing narratives relating to networks of solidarity in the American South and it illuminates the violent and exploitative nature of American slavery.

Item Type: Book
Book Type: Authored Book
Date Type: Publication
Status: In Press
Schools: History, Archaeology and Religion
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781009127974
Last Modified: 25 May 2023 14:00

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