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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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Incorrigible Runaways

Incorrigible Runaways

Disability and the Bodies of Fugitive Slaves

(p.95) Chapter 4 Incorrigible Runaways
Between Fitness and Death

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy

University of Illinois Press

This chapter looks at the ways in which the bodies of enslaved people were portrayed in Jamaican and Barbadian runaway advertisements from 1718 to 1815. The ads reveal that enslaved people were debilitated in a variety of ways: discursively through law and legally sanctioned punishment, through work regimes and the material conditions of slavery, and psychologically through the trauma of enslavement. Runaway ads give us a window into the different physical, intellectual, and emotional impairments and suggest some possibilities about the changing reference to identifying marks over time. Such information suggests that slaveowners were more conscious that abolitionists pointed to runaway as as evidence of slavery’s disabling and disfiguring violence.

Keywords:   bodies, runaway slaves, newspaper advertisements, runaway advertisements, slavery, Barbados, Jamaica, slavery, trauma, violence

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