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Enslaved Females in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century North America

When: Wednesday, June 19th, 2024: 6:00pm – 9:00pm CEST

Where: Heussallee 18-24, 53113 Bonn, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies, Bonner Universitätsforum, Universität Bonn (Bonn University), Germany

What: Juneteenth Lecture: “Enslaved Females in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century North America

Cost: Free

Special Instructions: Reservation Required

Organizers: PhD Researcher and Lecturer Luvena Kopp and  Prof. Dr. Pia Wiegmink, Bonn Center for Dependency and Slavery Studies

Contact:; +49 228 73 6270

The scholarship on transatlantic slavery has long benefited from the often-exhaustive data published in the fugitive slave archive. Ubiquitous throughout the transatlantic world, fugitive slave advertisements were commonly placed by enslavers seeking to recapture enslaved people who resisted through flight. Such notices commonly provided specific, invasive detail about an enslaved person’s body, dress, skills, languages, and even gestures and mannerisms. Although enslaved females standardly comprised a smaller percentage of runaways, nevertheless, the fugitive notices that do exist for female freedom seekers shed light on their lives and experiences. Through an examination of the fugitive slave archive and other sources, this lecture seeks to fill some of the scholarly gaps on the experiences of enslaved females of African descent in Canada and the USA. More specifically, it will offer some distinctions between the lives and experiences of enslaved females in slave minority (temperate) and slave majority (tropical) sites in the British transatlantic world.

Learn More:

Book: Representing the Black Female Subject in Western Art (Routledge, 2010)


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