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“Your poor boy no father no mother”: ‘Orphans,’ Alienation, and the Perils of Atlantic Child Slave Biography

“Your poor boy no father no mother”: ‘Orphans,’ Alienation, and the Perils of Atlantic... This article explores the social and political context embedded in Atlantic child slave biography, such as claims about family, parentage, and orphanhood in narratives of child enslavement. I examine the claims of orphanhood and the fictive kinship relations marshaled by James B. Covey, the interpreter during the trials of <i>La Amistad</i>, during his Atlantic passages as examples of the <i>struggle against</i> alienation to “remake” his political and social being. More than adult slaves, children deployed kinship language and idioms as part of a larger struggle to forge and preserve relationships with benefactors. Although kinship claims are an experience common across slave populations, a focus on the difficulties of writing a biography of <i>child claims</i> draws attention to the extreme vulnerability of child slaves and their pressing need for patron/client relationships. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biography University of Hawai'I Press

“Your poor boy no father no mother”: ‘Orphans,’ Alienation, and the Perils of Atlantic Child Slave Biography

Biography , Volume 36 (4) – May 27, 2014

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Abstract

This article explores the social and political context embedded in Atlantic child slave biography, such as claims about family, parentage, and orphanhood in narratives of child enslavement. I examine the claims of orphanhood and the fictive kinship relations marshaled by James B. Covey, the interpreter during the trials of <i>La Amistad</i>, during his Atlantic passages as examples of the <i>struggle against</i> alienation to “remake” his political and social being. More than adult slaves, children deployed kinship language and idioms as part of a larger struggle to forge and preserve relationships with benefactors. Although kinship claims are an experience common across slave populations, a focus on the difficulties of writing a biography of <i>child claims</i> draws attention to the extreme vulnerability of child slaves and their pressing need for patron/client relationships.

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BiographyUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: May 27, 2014

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