Eaves 2010 Exploitation

Title Information

Author: Shannon Camille Eaves

Title: Navigating the Sad Epoch

Subtitle: Sexual Exploitation within Enslaved Communities in the Antebellum South

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Year: 2010

Pages: v + 53pp.

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century | U.S. History | Types: Interracial Rape, Slave Rape; Victims: Slaves

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Link: Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Free Access)

Additional Information

Author: Shannon Eaves, Department of History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Abstract: »I formulated this project to explore the impact of sexual exploitation on enslaved women. By closely examining the choices that enslaved women made concerning romantic and sexual relationships, I hoped to understand how sexual exploitation affected the enslaved women who experienced or feared it and the enslaved community that witnessed it. To what extent was the existence of sexual exploitation embedded in the consciousness of men and women within enslaved communities? Did this exploitation consciousness influence the choices that enslaved women made about their lives? I argue that enslaved women found various means of coping with the damage of sexual exploitation. Their victimization bred feelings of fear and distrust for some, and resentment and the courage to fight back for others. It led to the development of an exploitation consciousness among enslaved people. The choices that enslaved women made regarding sex and relationships were informed by this consciousness of sexual exploitation.« (Source: Thesis)


  Abstract (p. iii)
  Chapter 1. Introducing the Sad Epoch (p. 1)
  Chapter 2. The Beginning of the Sad Epoch: Sexual Exploitation of Enslaved Women (p. 7)
  Chapter 3. Living in the Shadow of the Sad Epoch: Exploitation Consciousness (p. 28)
  Chapter 4. Navigating the Sad Epoch: Sexual and Romantic Relationships in the Wake of Sexual Exploitation (p. 37)
  Chapter 5. Conclusion: The Lingering Epoch (p. 49)
  Bibliography (p. 51)
    Primary Sources (p. 51)
      Archives (p. 51)
      Published Works (p. 51)
    Secondary Sources (p. 52)

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Added: December 20, 2014 – Last updated: December 20, 2014