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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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Between Fitness and Death

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy

University of Illinois Press

By uncovering the ways in which disability is represented in cultural discussions of monstrosity, how the enslaved experienced the embodiment of disability, how disability was institutionalized through the legal codes that defined slavery, and how the discourse of disability affected both pro- and anti-slavery discourse in the abolitionist era, we can better understand that slavery did more than build the national wealth of the metropole. This book illustrates the importance of the space between fitness and death to the enslaved experience. The slave trade and plantation slavery, specifically the sugar-producing colonies of the British Caribbean, are the historical underpinnings of systematized and violent African diasporic impairment.

Keywords:   omnstrosity, enslaved, disability, slavery, discourse, slave trade, British Caribbean, African diaspora, abolition, impairment

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