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Between Fitness and Death: Disability and Slavery in the Caribbean

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy


This is the first book-length study of Caribbean slavery to make disability its primary focus. The book sets out to answer the following questions: How does colonialism—specifically slavery—challenge the way we think about histories of disability, race, and labor? In what ways might slavery and the expansion of the slave trade have transformed English understandings of supposedly defective bodies and minds in the metropole and colonies? How did disability, disfigurement, and deformity among the enslaved—whether transient, permanent, natural, or inflicted—influence English understandings of rac ... More

Keywords: disability, slavery, Caribbean, slave trade, race, labor, colonialism, Atlantic world, racism, bodies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780252043192
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252043192.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefanie Hunt-Kennedy, author
University of New Brunswick