Spring Quarter 2018 Events

Lisa C. Ikemoto, Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law, UC Davis Law School

Thursday, May 3, noon, Voorhies 126

Ikemoto Poster


Drew Halfmann, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Davis

Tuesday, April 10, 126 Voorhies

“Medical Allies and the Abortion Rights Movement” 
Peter Libby, MD practices Cardiovascular Medicine in Boston



Fall Quarter 2017 Events

November 8, 2017
Andrews Conference Room, 2203 Social Sciences and Humanities

‘[S]he could … spare one ample breast for the profit of her owner’: white mothers and enslaved wet nurses’ invisible labor in American slave markets
Stephanie Jones-Rogers
Assistant Professor, University of California at Berkeley

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This paper examines the market that white mothers created for enslaved wet nurses, the intimate labor that they performed in southern households, and the ways that this market intersected with slave marketplaces in the antebellum era. It argues that white mothers’ desires and demands for enslaved wet nurses transformed bondwomen’s ability to suckle into a largely invisible, yet skilled form of labor, and created a niche sector of the slave market. In these ways, white mothers were crucial to the commodification of enslaved women’s reproductive bodies, their breast milk, and the nutritive and maternal care they provided to white children.

Sponsored by the Women and Gender in the World DHI Research Cluster