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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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(Part 1) The Epigenetics of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome (PTSS) with Dr. Joy DeGruy – http://bit.ly/1LPSHEh