Author : Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
Publisher : Yale University Press
Release Date : 2020-01-07
ISBN 13: 0300251831
Total Pages : 320 pages
Rating : 4.3/5 (2 users)
Read and Download Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers book They Were Her Property in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TThey Were Her Property. This book was released on 2020-01-07 with total page 320 pages. Book excerpt: Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy “Compelling.”—Renee Graham, Boston Globe “Stunning.”—Rebecca Onion, Slate “Makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present.”—Parul Sehgal, New York Times Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. Historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that slave‑owning women were sophisticated economic actors who directly engaged in and benefited from the South’s slave market. Because women typically inherited more slaves than land, enslaved people were often their primary source of wealth. Not only did white women often refuse to cede ownership of their slaves to their husbands, they employed management techniques that were as effective and brutal as those used by slave‑owning men. White women actively participated in the slave market, profited from it, and used it for economic and social empowerment. By examining the economically entangled lives of enslaved people and slave‑owning women, Jones-Rogers presents a narrative that forces us to rethink the economics and social conventions of slaveholding America.