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ARTICLE | “Principally Children”: Kidnapping, Child Trafficking, and the Mission of Early National Antislavery Activism | The Journal of American History | by Richard Bell

“Specifically, this essay demonstrates that demand for malleable and submissive young laborers in the cotton kingdom quickly rising along the nation’s southwest border in the three decades following the end of the War of 1812 was robust and sustained and that, in order to participate in and profit from that lucrative market, gangs of child snatchers turned the early republic’s northern towns and cities into their hunting grounds.” Read More

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ARTICLE | Queer Theory: Queer Children and Childhoods | The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory | by Jennifer L. Miller

“The effeminate boy and his queer counterparts are now central to much queer and transgender theory. Even more, queer kids are increasingly celebrated by the same institutions, for instance psychiatry, that very recently stigmatized them. Although acceptance in this case, like that of any marginalized group, is precarious and contingent on shifting socio-political context, there has been a clear shift towards affirmation.” Read More

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ARTICLE | Historic Lynching and Corporal Punishment in Contemporary Southern Schools | Social Problems | by Ward, Petersen, Kupchik and Pratt

“The threat and use of violence as a control strategy are deeply rooted in U.S. racial history. Generations of black Americans have been subjected to intentional inflictions of pain as control measures, through whipping and other means, especially in the southeastern United States, where the violence of enslavement and subsequent Jim Crow era were concentrated.” Read More

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ARTICLE | Child Apprenticeship in the Cape Colony: The Case of the Children’s Friend Society Emigration Scheme, 1833–1841 | Slavery & Abolition | by Rebecca Swartz

“This article examines the meanings of apprenticeship in the Cape colony in the wake of emancipation. It focuses on a small group of white child labourers brought to the Cape from England in the 1830s by a London-based philanthropic organisation, the Children’s Friend Society.” Read More

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