Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
This presentation looks at advertisements for enslaved wet nurses in nineteenth-century Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It analyzes an original dataset of advertisements in the city’s main commercial newspaper, the Jornal do Commercio, from 1827 (its first year of publication) to 1888 (final abolition). In it, I argue that enslaved wet nurses had to deny the physical and social reproductive needs of their own families to satisfy those of their owners’, thus engaging in what I term “disembodied reproduction.” Enslaved wet nurses are examples of the productive-reproductive paradigm that defines Atlantic World slavery.
Gilder Lehrman Center