Several enslaved women became domestic servants in the main house or along Mulberry Row, working as laundresses, parlor maids, cooks, and seamstresses. To compel enslaved individuals to be productive artisans and domestic laborers, Jefferson offered financial incentives—gratuities tips or percentages of workshop profits to those enslaved people who maximized efficiency and output.
Instead, as archaeological excavations at Monticello have demonstrated, enslaved people increasingly lived in single-family cabins scattered across the plantation. As a result, the experiences of enslaved individuals were often dependent on their location on the plantation—whether on the mountaintop or in the fields—or on capricious white managers. But enslaved people countered the increased control of their labor and bodies at Monticello in important ways. Dozens of enslaved men and women ran away—some to claim their freedom and others to rejoin family.
But for the Grangers, Hubbards, Gillettes, Hemingses, and Herns, the most important way to resist the brutal and dehumanizing effects of slavery was to preserve their families. During the decades that Jefferson sought to reform slavery at Monticello in preparation for future large-scale emancipation, the institution was only becoming more entrenched in Virginia and elsewhere. But Jefferson had not predicted this.
Instead, the population self-reproduced its numbers—from about 1. By contrast, the transatlantic slave trade had forcibly brought , captives to the North American mainland over about two centuries. On manumission see respectively for Greek and Roman pratices Zelnick-Abramovitz and Mouritsen Kamen underscores with regard to sexually exploited female slaves at Delphi the limits of manumission, while Perry examines the circumstances at large of manumitted female slaves in Roman society.
Connolly draws attention to rescripts in the. Codex Justinianus concerned with disputes over servile status. For debate on the Roman slave supply see Scheidel , Scheidel , Harris ch. Modelling techniques have not yet produced more conclusive results than impressions formed from conventional sources. For sale of war captives see Welwei and for sales documents see Scholl , Straus , and, for Fortunata, Tomlin cf. Camodeca ; cf.
Benaissa and McLeod identify new evidence of individual slave sales, the former of special interest given the double sale of a twelve-year old girl transported from Syria Palaestina to Oxyrhynchus. Jones in contrast offers evidence for the preservation of familial ties among slaves at time of sale. Thompson is a rich collection of evidence of shackles and related materials, while Weaver remains standard on Roman imperial freedmen.
For freedmen portraits see Kleiner On slave resistance see the respective approaches of McKeown Joshel and Hackworth Petersen move the discussion to a significantly practical level. On Drimakos see Forsdyke ch. Bradley forthcoming. On Artemidorus Hall is less revealing than Annequin Garnsey is essential for texts on and discussion of slavery in Greco-Roman thought; cf. Bradley Contrast for modern abolitionism Drescher , and see also Bradley Vlassopoulos believes Aristotle responsible for creating a false view of slavery as a relationship of property and prefers, as stressed here at the outset, the notion of a relationship of domination although the two are not incompatible.
For slavery and Stoicism see Brunt chs. On Christianity see Glancy and Harrill , and on ransoming captives Osiek Alston R. Alston, E. Hall, L. Proffitt eds. Andreau J.
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I am grateful to Dr. Thomas McCreight for the invitation to participate. In this version I take the opportunity to cite sources for the views stated and to refer in the Bibliographical Notes to appropriate recent contributions or items on points of detail made in the text. Varro, Rust. Cato, Ag. Plan 1. Introduction [link] 2. Slave labour [link] 3. Management [link] 4. Manumission [link] 5. Sale [link] 6. Accommodation and resistance [link] 7. Intellectualism [link] 8. Conclusion [link] Bibliographical Notes [link] References [link]. Opportunities for economic exploitation subsequently arose — the enslaved, once enslaved, could be used to work for those who owned them— but the extraction of labour was a matter of choice, as was the capacity to alienate what became de facto human property.
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