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Roles of Woman in the Caribbean Resistance

            Often when the history of slavery is studied, the argument is over whose history is being implemented. As a result of men having more access to educational opportunities pre and post emancipation, many historical events and tragedies such as slavery has often been viewed from a male's perspective. This can institute some inaccuracies during the timeline of slavery such as the involvement and participation of free and enslaved women during resistance in The Caribbean. Originally, for many years, most historians often viewed female slaves as 'submissive beings' who rarely participated in large scale organized rebellions and only committed what some historian coined as 'passive resistance' which was considered as nonviolent acts towards the planters. As a result of this, female slave's participation in resistance has often been considered as non effective compared to that of male slave's involvement. It is because of this one dimensional view of what historians branded as resistance that tends to overshadow the role that female slaves played during resistance in The Caribbean. Therefore, this paper will argue that female slaves and free black women played massive roles in the resistance of slavery that can be seen through prominent female slave resisters such as Nanny of The Windward Maroons, Mary Prince of Bermuda and Matilda and March of The Bahamas. Moreover, this paper will debunk the one dimensional view that female slave resistance was not as effective as male slave resistance. .
             Originally, historians often viewed enslaved women as well as free black women resistance as ineffective as their methods were 'non violent' and often done individually rather than in large groups. Ironically, their passive form of resistance was more successful and effective than that of the large scale rebellions performed by male slaves. According to Meyers, "Individual slave women resisted slavery on a daily basis in various, seemingly small ways, which overtime were more effective in weakening the power of the owners.

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