Resisting Reproduction: Reconsidering Slave Contraception in the Old South

  title={Resisting Reproduction: Reconsidering Slave Contraception in the Old South},
  author={Liese M. Perrin},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  pages={255 - 274}
The practices of abortion and infanticide seem worthy of at least a fleeting mention in most studies of slave women in the United States, yet few historians mention the use of contraception. Those who do, usually conclude that little is known about the subject, but that it is probably not particularly significant. This article will discuss the use of contraception among slaves and will concentrate, in particular, on the use of cotton roots as a form of birth-control. Evidence that the cotton… 
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