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Settler Colonialism, Race, and the LawWhy Structural Racism Persists$
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Natsu Taylor Saito

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780814723944

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814723944.001.0001

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Enslaved Labor and Strategies of Subjugation

Enslaved Labor and Strategies of Subjugation

(p.79) 5 Enslaved Labor and Strategies of Subjugation
Settler Colonialism, Race, and the Law

Natsu Taylor Saito

NYU Press

The Indigenous lands appropriated by Angloamerican settlers could be made profitable only by a large force of low-cost labor. Toward this end, both American Indians and Africans were enslaved, and the settlers developed strategies of subjugation to control them and to maximize profits. These included the construction of persons as property, and their control through racialization, forced reproduction, spatial containment, and social control through violence and terror. Understanding this history allows us to see how these functions continue to be reflected in contemporary forms of structural racism.

Keywords:   slavery, racialization, reproduction, incarceration, social control, violence, property

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