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Between Fitness and DeathDisability and Slavery in the Caribbean$
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Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043192

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043192.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Between Fitness and Death

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy

University of Illinois Press

The historical intersections between racism and ableism show that the English held antiblack attitudes from their very first contact with Africans in the sixteenth century. The idea that blackness has a very important, historically rooted relationship to disability is central to this book. Modern understandings of raced and disabled bodies developed and were bound together during England’s imperial expansion. The violent production of disability is at the heart of the histories of blackness in the Atlantic world. This book focuses on the violent conditions of enslavement and presents an intellectual history of racism and ableism while leaving space for a social history of disability among the enslaved.

Keywords:   disability, slavery, Caribbean, blackness, violence, England, Atlantic world, ableism, enslaved, race

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