October 6


Epigenetics of Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence and Memory in African American History

By heheals

October 6, 2020

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In this episode of the Philippe Matthews Show LIVE, we are going to uncover yet another dark secret of slavery in African American and Anglo Saxon histrory as it relates to women being able to heal the epigenetic, systemic injury of Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence and Memory in African American History (http://amzn.to/1LPTtRA) with Professor Gregory Smithers.

For over two centuries, the topic of slave breeding has occupied a controversial place in the master narrative of American history. From nineteenth-century abolitionists to twentieth-century filmmakers and artists, Americans have debated whether slave owners deliberately and coercively manipulated the sexual practices and marital status of enslaved African Americans to reproduce new generations of slaves for profit. 

In this bold and provocative book, historian Gregory Smithers investigates how African Americans have narrated, remembered, and represented slave-breeding practices. He argues that while social and economic historians have downplayed the significance of slave breeding, African Americans have refused to forget the violence and sexual coercion associated with the plantation South. By placing African American histories and memories of slave breeding within the larger context of America’s history of racial and gender discrimination, Smithers sheds much-needed light on African American collective memory, racialized perceptions of fragile black families, and the long history of racially motivated violence against men, women, and children of color.

Honorable mention, Deep South Book Prize, 2014, Summersell Center for the  Study of the South                  
Praise for Slave Breeding:
“As engaging as it is compelling, bold, and captivating, Smithers’s Slave Breeding pulls the reader through its pages with heart-wrenching exposition of the dark and ugly chapter of what could rightly be characterized as the sexual zeitgeist of American national history.”–TUNDE ADELEKE

“Underscores the broad meaning of the continuing debates over sexual violence during and after slavery, the centrality of the African American family, and white hypocrisy.” CHOICE

“A thought-provoking piece of scholarship that sheds light on the complex history of slave breeding in America. Smithers’s book will be hotly debated in the profession.” MICHAEL L. ONDAATJE

“Slave Breeding makes a powerful case not just to reexamine sexual exploitation under slavery and the power of memory as an historical tool but also to interrogate accepted historical narratives.” Journal of American History Vol. 100, no. 3 (2013)

“Boldly and persuasively challenges received wisdom about the American narrative during the last two centuries.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History Vol. 44, no. 2 (2013)

About Professor Gregory Smithers

Professor Gregory Smithers is an a historian of Native America with research and teaching interests that seek to explore the entangled histories of Native American and African American people. He is also interested in intellectual and cultural history, comparative Indigenous history, and the history of race and racism. He is currently working on Science, Sexuality, and Race in the United States and Australia, 1780s-1890s (Revised 2nd edition, University of Nebraska Press), and have begun working on a Native American environmental history of the Southeast. 

Recent publications include, “Slave Breeding: Sex, Violence, and Memory in African American History” (University Press of Florida, 2013), “Native Diasporas; Indigenous Identities and Settler Colonialism in the Americas,” edited by Gregory Smithers and Brooke Newman, (University of Nebraska Press, 2014), “Racism in American Popular Media: From Aunt Jemima to the Frito Bandito with Brian D. Behnken” (Praeger, 2015), and “The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity” (Yale University Press, 2015).

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  1. There are things money can't buy but can help some to seek help.
    We should not loose or fall for that money heals all wrongs.
    But learn to find our true self towards each other,love,empathy, and our true African belief System.
    We are the Original People,other wise we would have ( won't say it )already.We are TRUE LOVE.
    One love😎🇧🇴

  2. The scholar referred to the actions, processes and decisions the white elite made to create and implement slavery in this country as a series of "terrible mistakes" in this country's history? These were crimes, crimes against humanity. There was no remorse or basic level of conscience among those criminals and sociopaths. And sadly many their descendants are of the same mindset. There's individual karma, and there's collective karma. It is clear by the scholar's tone and demeanour that this subject matter is very uncomfortable for him to discuss. It is safer for him to write about it.

  3. When is this going to be over? It makes me ill to hear America can't
    Admit the truth about slavery and we still have to ask for what's right thing to do? This is crazy!!! It make you feel like we live in the matrix? To still be talking about this and nothing is going to ever happen in my life time ! With all the thruth it just makes me depressed!!!!

  4. Reparations will not undo genetic engineering. Financial payment will help economically. There is way to resolve genetic engineering affecting black ppl.
    Dr. Francis Cress Welsing was well aware of this issue.

  5. He Is Really Trying To Softer~Soft-Sale Those Egg Shells 🥚 🍳 🥚‼️🤔‼️
    Like From George Orwell’s Book On “The Politricks Of The English Language” {English Is Well Know Here In Europe As An Bas@@rd Language} & Orwells Book “On Truth”‼️😳📖😳‼️

  6. I appreciate being informed on the varied levels of the ugly truths behind and underneath the surface of racial division. Especially to point of slavery beyond color. I.e. the economical displacement, physical fear and a seemingly deepseated fear overall of the "other". Moreover when you've willfully wronged the "other". I'm still learning.
    Thank You.

  7. Could you do a video/webinar on where there were white slaves in America? I had heard a black young man say there where white slaves in America. I have never seen any research and documentation to support such asinine belief or story.

  8. The author stated: "Some preyed on other people. . . " This is still going on with black Americans who are the descendants of black people America enslaved! For example, black Americans are subjected to economic genocide, which is a vicious strategy to control and manipulate black Americans,

    "They shall reap what they sow!"

  9. How is it that none of your presentation of authorities on various subject matter of interest are in agreement with the discovery that virtually all Black People enslaved in the U.S. were indigenous to the U.S.? Why is it that not even YOU are interested in magnifying this new-found discovery?

  10. I hope that The Black Man can finally see how the White race are trying to breed out the black Generations. They know what they're doing… that's why they're promoted white women with Black Men so much.

  11. The epigenetics consequences on the children of slave owners . Must be just as consequential as it is for the children of the slaves. Even after many generations. . Then compound that with generational wealth. Many of these white children even Generations after must have gone into two extremes, extremely compassionate or extremely hateful

  12. Hmmmm, we the descendants are "personally hurt" from…
    This book is a must purchase for me. Indeed, this author being from Australia gave him the advantage of insight. Dehumanization is ever present for us. Dr. Joyce speaks of slaves being whipped to death by white women and men. My father was from Mobile, Alabama and I have yet to tell…
    Perfect peace to you and those you love, Mr. Philippe Matthews.

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