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Nancy Garner (Committee Member), Edward Haas (Committee Member), Carol Herringer (Other), Noeleen Mcilvenna (Committee Chair)

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Master of Arts (MA)


Violence has frequently been connected to the history of slavery. Graphic depictions of slaveowner violence can be found in popular literature and media. The slave experience, especially in the early modern period, should instead be explained to wider public audiences in its totality. The regulation of reproductive and familial rights by slaveowners, the use of sexual punishment, and the permanence of slavery made the enslaved life truly unique, and set it apart from the experiences of other repressed elements of early modern English society, such as the poor. The creation of the slave system and the development of its regulatory practices must also be understood through the lens of those who created it. Ultimately, the political, social, and economic motivations of elite English gentlemen can be seen through the degradation of black slaves.

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Department of History

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