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“This horably wicked action”: abortion and resistance on a Jamaican slave plantation

By David Clover


In May 1824, Catalina, also known as Susannah Mathison, an enslaved woman on the Castle Wemyss Estate situated in the parish of St James in Jamaica, successfully induced an abortion, by drinking a herbal tincture. In this paper I examine Catalina’s actions, the context in which these arose, and the reaction of the plantation overseer and manager within their historic context, and within more recent debates and scholarship concerning women’s sexuality, fertility and reproduction as well as claims of resistance and opposition

Topics: HIS
Publisher: The Society for Caribbean Studies (UK)
Year: 2008
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Provided by: SAS-SPACE

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