Do you have a particular life hack that helps you regain time for yourself, your loved ones, and the activities you care about?
Enslaved Women and Subversion: the Violence of Turbulent Women
In her chapter, Stella Dadzie presents a number of quotidian cases in which enslaved women presented opposition to slavery, subverted plantation hierarchies, resisted labor exploitation, and worked toward manumission (buying their freedom). Dadzie also looks at escapes, conspirations, and insurrections. Lastly, she examines how many enslaved women were conveyors of culture and spiritual and healing rituals. She considers these practices as forms of rebellion too because colonial and plantation systems were designed to discourage or fully eliminate African and Afro-descendants’ cultural knowledge.
Some examples from Dadzie’s chapter:
.refusing to do assigned tasks or going to strike (114-5)
.disobedience and negligence (119-21)
.physical or psychological retaliation (116)
.using domestic intimacy and sexual labor as a way to gain freedom (118-9)
.plotting and instigating rebellions (124-8)
.killing and poisoning their enslavers and overseers (128-30)
.learning new languages and European/colonial cultural practices while preserving theirs (130-2)
Oral presentation on “Enslaved Women and Subversion.”
Group Discussion: chain reactions
How enslaved and (free) folk defy, rebel, and subvert exploitation and oppression on a daily basis?
Briefly discuss examples from Dadzie’s text, the short stories and the novel we read, and/or contemporary examples.