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Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia by Daina Ramey Berry
  

Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia

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Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe Gender and Slavery in Antebellum Georgia by Daina Ramey Berry

Swing the Sickle for the Harvest Is Ripe compares the work, family, and economic experiences of enslaved women and men in upcountry and lowcountry Georgia during the nineteenth century. Mining planters' daybooks, plantation records, and a wealth of other sources, Daina Ramey Berry shows how slaves' experiences on large plantations, which were essentially self-contained, closed communities, contrasted with those on small plantations, where planters' interests in sharing their workforces allowed slaves more open, fluid communications. By inviting readers into slaves' internal lives through her detailed examination of domestic violence, separation and sale, and forced breeding, Berry also reveals important new ways of understanding what it meant to be a female or male slave, as well as how public and private aspects of slave life influenced each other on the plantation

Reviews

Reconstructing the practices of slavery from plantation records, memoirs, and newspapers and the encounter with those practices through folk songs and ex-slave testimonies, Berry succeeds in capturing commonalities and differences in slavery in white-majority communities and African American-majority communities. . . . [An] important contribution to historiography. Recommended. --Choice Swing the Sickle demonstrates how far gender has come as a category of historical analysis in slave studies. It displays refinement, nuance, and balance . . . it brings together gender, work, family, and economy in an easily accessible, readable account useful to slave scholars and students of Georgia slavery in particular. --Georgia Historical Quarterly


About the Author

Daina Ramey Berry is an associate professor of history at Michigan State University.

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Publication date

28th June 2010

Author

Daina Ramey Berry

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Publisher

University of Illinois Press

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Slavery & abolition of slavery
History of the Americas
Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900

ISBN

9780252077586

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