Abolition 4/13 | READINGS

Primary Readings

Childs, Dennis. Slaves of the State- Black Incarceration from the Chain Gang to the Penitentiary. University of Minnesota Press, 2018 (chapters 2 and 3).

Jones-Rogers, Stephanie. They Were Her Property. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2019.

Hartman, Saidiya. “Venus in Two Acts,” Small Axe, No. 26, Vol. 12(2), June 2008, pp. 1-14.

Morgan, Jennifer. “Partus sequiter ventrum: Law, Race, and Repoduction in Colonial Slavery,” Small Axe, Volume 22, Number 1, March 2018 (No. 55), pp. 1-17.

Prince, Mary. The History of Mary Prince. New York: Penguin Books, 2000.

Reidy, Joseph P. Illusions of Emancipation: The Pursuit of Freedom and Equality in the Twilight of Slavery. University of North Carolina Press, 2020 (selections)

Foner, Eric. Second Founding: How the Civil War and Reconstruction Remade the Constitution. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2019 (selections)

Secondary Materials

Davis, Adrienne. “Don’t Let Nobody Bother Yo’ Principle: The Sexual Economy of American Slavery,” pp. 103–121, in Sister Circle: Black Women and Work, ed. Sharon Harley and The Black Women and Work Collective. Rutgers University Press, 2002.

Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877. New York: Harper & Row, 1988.

Harcourt, Bernard E. “Imagery and Adjudication in the Criminal Law: The Relationship between Images of Criminal Defendants and Ideologies of Criminal Law in Southern Antebellum and Modern Appellate Decisions,” 61 Brooklyn Law Review 1165-1246 (1995).

Kazenjian, David. “Freedom’s Surprise: Two Paths Through Slavery’s Archives,” History of the Present, Vol. 6(2), Fall 2016, pp. 133-145

Wilkerson, Isabel. Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. New York: Random House, 2020.  


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