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Winner of the Los Angeles Times 2019 Book Prize in History
Winner of the Southern Association for Women's Historians 2020 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for the best book in southern women's history
Winner of the Southern Historical Association 2020 Charles S. Sydnor Award for the best book in southern history published in an odd-numbered year
Winner of the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic 2020 Best Book Prize
Winner of the Organization of American Historians 2020 Merle Curti Social History Award for the best book in American social history 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 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.
This book provides critical perspectives on the multiple forms of ‘mothering’ that took place in Atlantic slave societies. Facing repeated child death, mothering was a site of trauma and grief for many, even as slaveholders romanticized enslaved women’s work in caring for slaveholders' children.
Examining a wide range of societies including medieval Spain, Brazil, and New England, and including the work of historians based in Brazil, Cuba, the United States, and Britain, this collection breaks new ground in demonstrating the importance of mothering for the perpetuation of slavery, and the complexity of the experience of motherhood in such circumstances.
This pathbreaking collection, on all aspects of the experience, politics, and representations of motherhood under Atlantic slavery, analyses societies across the Atlantic world, and will be of interest to those studying the history of slavery as well as those studying mothering throughout history. This book comprises two special issues, originally published in Slavery & Abolition and Women’s History Review.