The Role of Enslaved Women

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Often when the history of slavery is studied the argument is over whose history is being told. This debate rarely goes beyond whether it is the history as written by or about the white or black involvement. There is often an assumed male history. History books mainly reflect the involvement of men. The abolitionists (Clarkson and Wilberforce), the Slave traders (Canot) and the enslaved (Equaino). In portrayal of enslaved people, men appear more frequently. In the movie Amistad it is told from the point of view of Cinque; in the TV series Roots it follows Kunta Kinte. This male dominated history fails to acknowledge, belittles and devalues the role of women at all levels of slavery. What about the female slave traders, slave owners, enslaved females, female rebels and abolitionists? Are they really invisible? This essay will assess the role of women in the resistance against Caribbean enslavement. First, there will be a definition of the operational definitions in the paper. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary 2012 defines role as a function or part performed especially in a particular operation or process (Merriam Webster, 2012). Resistance may be defined as the refusal to accept or comply with something; the attempt to prevent something by action or argument (Merriam-Webster, 2012) and enslavement means the state of being a slave. Essentially, this essay will look at the function or part women played in trying to prevent or their refusal to accept their state of being slaves. Enslaved women went to great extents to secure their freedom. They contributed to the liberation of their families and the wider enslaved community. Slavery was a system that was passed on at birth to the next generation of the enslaved. Children of enslaved women inherited their slavery. The White female could not be allowed to produce an enslaved child, whether Black or white. This could
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