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By Nancy A. Hewitt

This selection of twenty-four unique essays by means of top students in American women's historical past highlights the latest very important scholarship at the key debates and destiny instructions of this renowned and modern field.

• Covers the breadth of yank Women's historical past, together with the colonial family members, marriage, health and wellbeing, sexuality, schooling, immigration, paintings, shopper tradition, and feminism.
• Surveys and evaluates the simplest scholarship on each vital period and subject.
• comprises increased bibliography of titles to lead extra study.

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On the Upper Guinea Coast, the frequent movement of peoples from place to place no doubt influenced their patterns of cultural and economic acquisitions. Women covered themselves with elaborate scarification, an adornment wholly perplexing to Europeans, but certainly an essential component to a girl’s coming of age, both physically and spiritually. Grigri prayer amulets were worn all along the coast. Women and men carried their belief systems on their persons, offering food and thanks and requesting blessings from a pantheon of gods before eating, stepping into a boat, or going to sleep.

The other - to keep enslaved women and men in forts on the coast waiting the arrival of European ships - was used at Bence Island. African slavers brought men and women to the “holes” of European fortresses up and down the Upper Guinea and Gold coasts. There they languished in “damp Trunks” which caused “great Mortality” as they waited to be loaded aboard slaving vessels (Letterbook to Cape Coast Castle, July 1730). Other men and women were brought to the forts to be permanently enslaved therein.

49-72. SLAVERYAND THE SLAVE TRADE 33 Eltis, David (2000) The Rise of Afrzcan Slavery in the Americas. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 23, pp. 237-57. Fage, J. D. (1989) “African Societies and the Atlantic Slave Trade,” Past and Present 125, pp. 97-1 15. Galenson, David W. (1986) Traders, Planters, and Slaves: Market Behavior in Early English America. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Geggus, David P. (1989) “Sex Ratio, Age, and Ethnicity in the Atlantic Slave Trade: Data from French Shipping and Plantation Records,” Journal of Afrzcan History 30, pp.

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