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They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South


They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South

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4.5/5 (50 valutazioni)
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10 ore
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Pubblicato:
Feb 19, 2019
ISBN:
9781977345776
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Audiolibro

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A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy.

Bridging women's history, the history of the South, and African-American history, this audiobook 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.

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Pubblicato:
Feb 19, 2019
ISBN:
9781977345776
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Audiolibro


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  • (5/5)
    Excellent narrative about a part of slavery that I knew very little about.
  • (5/5)
    Heart and gut-wrenching in turns, this book is well-researched and contains first-hand accounts of slavery from the people who suffered it.

    From the slave market to the plantation, White women were instrumental in extending the reach of slavery. It's chilling to see and hear the rhetoric used to justify slavery still in use today to deny systemic racism.

    I am pleased that this is my first major deep-dive into slavery for the fact that it illustrated how it worked, in truth, without the erasure that the male-dominated slaver narrative provides. This book dismantles and proves the deeply gendered ways slavers exploited people.

    For the immediate future of White supremacy by White women after this book, please read: "Mothers of Massive Resistance: White Women and the Politics of White Supremacy" by Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
  • (5/5)
    Well researched with interesting points on the role of women slave holders in the American South
  • (5/5)
    Excellent book that sheds some light on the myth of the delicacy of antebellum, white women.
  • (5/5)

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    This is the type of book that everyone in the United states should listen too. It was a great wealth of information. I always thought that women played a minor role in slavery. This book prove my my assumptions were false. Women slave mistresses were more often more cruel in there treatment of slaves. This information should be put out there. I think we have to show this history in film.

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  • (4/5)

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    This would make a fantastic article, especially as contrasted to narratives excusing white women from their implication in the slave economy. Jones-Rogers decisively shows, from a variety of sources including the accounts of formerly enslaved people, that white women were regularly treated by other whites as owners of human property; demanded the deference owed to them as owners both from enslaved people and from other whites; inflicted violence on enslaved people, including physical and family separation; and did every other thing that male enslavers did (other than directly sexually abuse enslaved people, though some white women owned brothels and otherwise facilitated the rape of enslaved women, including by encouraging it in order to produce more human capital). When one is challenging a dominant narrative, it can make sense to over-prove the thesis, but since I was perfectly ready to believe it all, it seemed over-long as a book; a lot of the examples were horribly similar.

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  • (5/5)

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    A tremendous effort on compilation off sometimes-gut-renching testimonials. Definitely shining a light on the importance of truthfulness in our historical narratives: denial of the cruelty inherent to slavery and of the intricate way in which it permeated and influenced all the actors at the time- the erasure of white women as slave owners and their agency in that institution should be an example of how history can be subtly changed in order to shift blame and exonerate unethical behavior.

    that being said: they should have skipped the poorly executed and teeth grinding “southern accent”..... completely.

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  • (4/5)

    2 persone l'hanno trovata utile

    Great book, the only gripe that I have is the narrator’s fake southern accent when she was verbalizing the enslaved peoples accounts.

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