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Contesting “White Slavery” in the Caribbean: Enslaved Africans and European Indentured Servants in Seventeenth-Century Barbados

2017 (J. S. Handler & M. Reilly) “Contesting “White Slavery” in the Caribbean: Enslaved Africans and European Indentured Servants in Seventeeth-Century Barbados.” New West Indian Guide 91: 30-55. Seventeenth-century reports of the suffering of European indentured servants and the fact … Continue reading

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Obeah: Healing and Protection in West Indian Slave Life

2004 (K. M. Bilby and J. S. Handler) “Obeah: Healing and Protection in West Indian Slave Life.”  Journal of Caribbean History 38: 153-183. Obeah encompasses a wide variety of beliefs and practices involving the control or channeling of supernatural spiritual … Continue reading

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Escaping Slavery in a Caribbean Plantation Society: Marronage in Barbados, 1650s-1830s

1997 (Jerome Handler) “Escaping Slavery in a Caribbean Plantation Society: Marronage in Barbados, 1650s-1830s.” Nieuwe West-Indische Gids–New West Indian Guide 71: 183-225. Slave flight or marronage, although not always with the intent or hope of permanently escaping the slave system, … Continue reading

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Slave Names and Naming in Barbados, 1650-1830

1996 (J. S. Handler and J. Jacoby) “Slave Names and Naming in Barbados, 1650-1830.” William and Mary Quarterly 53: 685-728. This article draws on a sample of Barbados slave names in order to examine the principles and significance of naming … Continue reading

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Determining African Birth from Skeletal Remains: A Note on Tooth Mutilation

1994 (Jerome S. Handler) “Determining African Birth from Skeletal Remains: A Note on Tooth Mutilation.” Historical Archaeology 28: 113-19. Tooth mutilation existed in sub-Saharan Africa, and was found among slaves transported to the New World. A small number of mutilation … Continue reading

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Congenital Syphilis in the Past: Slaves at Newton Plantation, Barbados West Indies

1992 (K. Jacobi, D. Cook, R. Corruccini, and  J. Handler) “Congenital Syphilis in the Past: Slaves at Newton Plantation, Barbados, West Indies.” AJPA 89: 145-58. Hutchinson’s incisors and Moon’s molars are specific lesions of congenital syphilis. The extensive but fragmentary … Continue reading

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Patterning of Skeletal Lead Content in Barbados Slaves

1987 (R. S. Corruccini, A. C. Aufderheide, J. S. Handler, and L. Wittmers) “Patterning of Skeletal Lead Content in Barbados Slaves.” Archaeometery 29: 233-39 Lead concentration patterns have proven useful in interpreting some aspects of slavery in colonial North American … Continue reading

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Lead Contact and Poisoning in Barbados Slaves: Historical, Chemical, and Biological Evidence

1986 (J. S. Handler, A. C. Aufderheide, and R. S. Corruccini) “Lead Contact and Poisoning in Barbados Slaves: Historical, Chemical, and Biological Evidence.” Social Science History 10: 399-425. Lead contact and lead poisoning have received scant attention in discussions of … Continue reading

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Weaning among West Indian Slaves: Historical and Bioanthropological Evidence from Barbados

1986 (J. S. Handler and R. S. Corruccini) “Weaning among West Indian Slaves: Historical and Bioanthropological Evidence from Barbados.” William and Mary Quarterly 43: 111-17. This article demonstrates how documentary and physical evidence can be brought to bear in shedding … Continue reading

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Chronological Distribution of Enamel Hypoplasias and Weaning in a Caribbean Slave Population

1985 (R. S. Corruccini, J. S. Handler, and K. Jacobi) “Chronological Distribution of Enamel Hypoplasias and Weaning in a Caribbean Slave Population.” Human Biology 57: 699-711. Dental enamel hypoplasia is a putative marker of childhood morbidity (nutritional or infectious stress) … Continue reading

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