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The Politics of Reproduction: Race, Medicine, and Fertility in the Age of Abolition

Katherine Paugh


This book examines the history and politics of childbearing in the British Empire during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. British politicians became increasingly concerned to promote motherhood among Afro-Caribbean women during the era of abolitionism. These politicians hoped that a homegrown labor force would allow for the abolition of the Atlantic slave trade without any disruption to the pace of labor on Caribbean plantations. The plans for reform generated by British politicians were shaped by their ideas about race, medicine, demography, and religion, and so the book ex ... More

Keywords: motherhood, race, Caribbean, British Empire, women, midwives, medicine, Atlantic, abolitionism, demography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789789
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789789.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katherine Paugh, author
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee