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Black Women/White Men: The Sexual Exploitation of Female Slaves in the Danish West Indies

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About the Author

Dr. Eddie Donoghue, who was born in the small Caribbean island of Montserrat, began his higher education at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, in January 1974. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from that institution on December 20, 1982. His dissertation, which was published as is the custom in Sweden, is titled: The Illusion of the Absolute: A Critical Study of the Marxian Concept of Alienation and its Hegelian Origin. He also studied national economics at the Economic Institute, University of Gothenburg. Dr. Eddie Donoghue is a recognized scholar. In June 2002, upon invitation, Donoghue's scholarly writings were placed in a collection at the main library, Mona Campus, University of the West Indies, Jamaica. He has published several papers, including: The Socio-psychological Correlates of Teen Pregnancy in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and presented The Montserrat Masquerade: Cultural Preservation in the Modern World, to ACCA members, in April 2001. Dr. Donoghue has also published hundreds of articles on Slavery, Teen pregnancy, the Feminization of Poverty and the Black Family. On March 11, 2003, Eddie delivered the annual lecture at the University of the West Indies, Montserrat Campus and on March 15, 2003 served as the Grand Marshall for St. Croix's St. Patrick Day Parade and a year later in a similar position for the St. Thomas St. Patrick Day Parade. In. 2001, Dr. Donoghue produced his play "Jankombum." On October 12, 2002, by invitation, he joined a group of scholars and writers at the Book Festival in Washington organized by the Library Congress and hosted by First Lady Laura Bush. Dr. Donoghue's current play "Queen Coziah" has received rave reviews. Moreover, the author has written and produced eight documentaries for WTJX, Channel 12 TV. In 1996, Queen Elizabeth II bestowed the Montserrat Medal of Honor on the author for his relief work on behalf of the island of Montserrat after Hurricane Marilyn.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (September 11, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425944051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425944056
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,424,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I think the title is deceptive. When one sees "Black Women/White Men," one would think of a collaboration. In fact, if black women are mentioned first, one would think that they are leading the dynamic. However, none of this could possibly be said about the legalized rape of enslaved African-descent women. The subtitle is more appropriate; this could have just been called, "The Sexual Exploitation of Female Slaves."

Then again, that assumes that the author had this as a main theme. This book barely covers that theme at all. This book was about the oppression of African slaves, period, one aspect of which is legalized rape. Because sugar cane cultivation involves heavy lifting and uses of dangerous weapons, the slave trade in the Caribbean was highly gendered, and gendered toward men. So naturally, the author talks more of the abuse against slave men, reiterating the silliness of the book's title.

I was expecting this book to talk about the Sally Hemings and Thomas Jeffersons of the Caribbean and I imagine that most readers would imagine the same. However, that history was quickly summarized in one page in the middle of this book. I really think the author gave this book its deceptive title, dare I say it, in order to appear like he's discussing a "sexy" issue.

When I think about colonialism, I usually think of it as solely a British, French, and Spanish phenomenon. So I was intrigued to be reminded that the Danish had empiric aspirations as well. However, this book stated that the Danish were never heavily involved in settling the islands discussed.
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This is without a doubt the most logical of undercurrents, yet the most hidden aspect of slavery, surely obscured from history, and from the view of most white women. Few stop to think about it, and fewer still want to see the evidences of this reality. Yet, it may well be the essential part of slavery that women need to see because it is consistent with the reality that forms the emotionally charged fear that led to civil rights failures - the fear of retribution by the guilt and shame of men over the centuries of domination that could be the only possible reason for such heightened resistance to economic freedom. The passion not only to protect private stock, but also the possibility that their own women would be subject to such abuses is the only logical explanation of the fear that could have driven the giving of freedom and payment of minimal wages. The economics alone are insufficient to withstand scrutiny of reasons to perpetuate slavery sufficient to sustain a civil war.
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