Breeding a Nation explores a much-denied episode in U.S. history - the deliberate "growing" of humans as a crop for sale. In 2008, two hundred years will have passed since the transatlantic slave trade was outlawed - ironically a victory that caused massive escalation in reproductive coercion. Once the flow of Africans to the United States was cut off, the only way to maintain the economy was to aggressively, even systematically, breed new "slaves" from the men and women already enslaved here. Some plantations even stopped growing crops so they could focus entirely on slave-breeding. In essence, slave-breeding became a vital feeder industry for agribusiness, and the massive wealth it produced undergirds America's position as a global superpower in the world today.
- Social Science
- Women's Studies, Abortion + Birth Control
- November 30, 2011
- March 18, 2014
- Pamela D. Bridgewater