Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South (Revised Edition) [NOOK Book]

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"This is one of those rare books that quickly became the standard work in its field. Professor White has done justice to the complexity of her subject."?Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

Living with the dual burdens of racism and sexism, slave women in the plantation South assumed roles within the family and community that contrasted sharply with traditional female roles in the larger American society. This new edition of Ar'n't I a Woman? reviews and updates the scholarship on slave women and the slave family, ...

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Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South (Revised Edition)

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Overview

"This is one of those rare books that quickly became the standard work in its field. Professor White has done justice to the complexity of her subject."—Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

Living with the dual burdens of racism and sexism, slave women in the plantation South assumed roles within the family and community that contrasted sharply with traditional female roles in the larger American society. This new edition of Ar'n't I a Woman? reviews and updates the scholarship on slave women and the slave family, exploring new ways of understanding the intersection of race and gender and comparing the myths that stereotyped female slaves with the realities of their lives. Above all, this groundbreaking study shows us how black women experienced freedom in the Reconstruction South — their heroic struggle to gain their rights, hold their families together, resist economic and sexual oppression, and maintain their sense of womanhood against all odds.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This book challenges the myth of the Southern mammy and other myths and attempts a richer, more complex pic ture of the lives of black women in slav ery. Drawing on historical evidence, in cluding slave narratives and the diaries and autobiographies of white Southern ers, as well as on recent scholarship on the black family, the author examines slave women's daily life, occupations, family roles, and female networks. She finds strength and resourcefulness, but denies that female slaves played a dom ineering role in their families. Her view will be of interest to scholars, especial ly those studying comparative female social roles. For most readers, howev er, the story of slave women is better told in Jacqueline Jones's comprehen sive work on black women, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow (LJ 3/1/85). Mary Drake McFeely, Smith Coll. Lib., Northampton, Mass.
Booknews
White (history, Rutgers U.) shows how women in the plantation south assumed very different roles in the family and community than in traditional African society. She explores the intersection of race and gender, compares the myths that stereotyped female slaves with the reality of their lives, and discusses how they experienced freedom during Reconstruction. The first edition was published in 1985. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393343526
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 193,251
  • File size: 578 KB

Meet the Author

Deborah Gray White is professor of history and co-director of the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis at Rutgers University. She is also the author of Too Heavy a Load.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Revisiting Ar'n't I a Woman 1
Introduction 13
Ch. 1 Jezebel and Mammy: The Mythology of Female Slavery 27
Ch. 2 The Nature of Female Slavery 62
Ch. 3 The Life Cycle of the Female Slave 91
Ch. 4 The Female Slave Network 119
Ch. 5 Men, Women, and Families 142
Ch. 6 From Slavery to Freedom 161
Notes 191
Selected Bibliography 225
Index 237
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2002

    Female Slavery

    I recommend college level adults and older to read this book.It discussed the norms of slavery. It helps the reader to gain a better understanding of what black women went through during slavery.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2008

    Very Pleased!!!

    In reading this book, I learned to appreciate the rigidness of the text the harsh, hurtful truths of America's past. Ar'n't I a Woman? challenged me into thinking, acknowledging, and rebuilding the mind set which once held my ancestors. I will save this text for my daughter!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2008

    UNFORGETABLE

    Ms.Gary break down many sterotypes african-american females go through. It is hard to believe strong-holds that existed 400 years ago still is present today.I recommend every african-american and hispanic females should read this book to know what struggles we are face with today..

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