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Birthing a Slave: Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South

Birthing a Slave Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South The deprivations and cruelty of slavery have overshadowed our understanding of the institution s most human dimension birth We often don t realize that after the United States stopped importing slaves

  • Title: Birthing a Slave: Motherhood and Medicine in the Antebellum South
  • Author: Marie Jenkins Schwartz
  • ISBN: 9780674022027
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The deprivations and cruelty of slavery have overshadowed our understanding of the institution s most human dimension birth We often don t realize that after the United States stopped importing slaves in 1808, births were important than ever slavery and the southern way of life could continue only through babies born in bondage In the antebellum South, slavehold The deprivations and cruelty of slavery have overshadowed our understanding of the institution s most human dimension birth We often don t realize that after the United States stopped importing slaves in 1808, births were important than ever slavery and the southern way of life could continue only through babies born in bondage In the antebellum South, slaveholders interest in slave women was matched by physicians struggling to assert their own professional authority over childbirth, and the two began to work together to increase the number of infants born in the slave quarter In unprecedented ways, doctors tried to manage the health of enslaved women from puberty through the reproductive years, attempting to foster pregnancy, cure infertility, and resolve gynecological problems, including cancer Black women, however, proved an unruly force, distrustful of both the slaveholders and their doctors With their own healing traditions, emphasizing the power of roots and herbs and the critical roles of family and community, enslaved women struggled to take charge of their own health in a system that did not respect their social circumstances, customs, or values Birthing a Slave depicts the competing approaches to reproductive health that evolved on plantations, as both black women and white men sought to enhance the health of enslaved mothers in very different ways and for entirely different reasons Birthing a Slave is the first book to focus exclusively on the health care of enslaved women, and it argues convincingly for the critical role of reproductive medicine in the slave system of antebellum America 20070301

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    1. When one considers how modern obstetrics has manifested itself in its current form, the problems of human experimentation, control, and racism are forgotten in the mire of history and contemporary issues. While at times deeply disturbing and illuminating, Marie Schwartz’ exploration of birthing in the slave communities of the pre civil war Antebellum South unveils the problematic practices that were executed as the professionalization and modernization of obstetrics moved away from the hands [...]

    2. Nice integration of social history and medicine. Just never thought about the ways in which doctors would be interested in slaves for experiments and the role of masters in controlling reproduction and making sure births went well.

    3. Southern politics and medicine govern a woman's healthcare and right to choose her time of pregnancies. And this was in 1809!Learn about the formation of gynecology in this Southern historical monograph detailing the study of fertilization through the trial and error of experimentation on black women. When a slave's uterus was the key to financial windfall for cotton planters, the fledgling physician class saw a pathway to rise above their humble stations and seize riches previously out of reach [...]

    4. good book, made me pretty angry at our country's history, important for anyone who is interested in childbirth in the US and likes non-fiction/history

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