Date of Award

Summer 8-7-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Departments/Programs

Anthropology

First Advisor

Dr. Thomas McGovern

Second Advisor

Dr. Megan Hicks

Academic Program Adviser

Dr. Leo Coleman

Abstract

Slavery has existed for all of recorded history. The evidence is conclusive that slave systems have almost always been majority female. I suggest that slavery originated as an attempt to control female reproductive capacity, and that this attempt to control was not limited to enslaved women.

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