"Cannot Consent to Go Out": Loyalty, Slavery, and the "Consent" of the Oppressed

Sunday, January 6, 2019: 12:00 PM
Continental A (Hilton Chicago)
Nicole Maskiell, University of South Carolina
Laws barred the enslaved from giving their consent, whether to others or even to themselves. But colonial documents evidence that in some cases enslavers actively sought to elicit slave consent. How did notions of slave consent shape and subtly transformed the ways that both enslaved and enslaver envisioned the very notion of loyalty and disloyalty?
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