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

by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers


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They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This was a very fascinating read about the involvement of white women in American slavery. Slavery is often seen as something masculine, but this very well researched book shows that women were just as involved as men. They were owners, sellers and traders, who profited financially from slavery. And not just financially, their social status was higher too. To support subjugation of black people, white women were obviously placed in a position where men did not have the control over them that is seen as common in those days. And with financial power, they have more social power. Like the book says, white women were not passive bystanders, they were co-conspirators.
Anonymous 10 months ago
An excellent study about often ignored aspect of slavery: white women. The book reveals the power of white women as slave owners and their role in slavery. It discusses an intersection of gender and slavery, as well as historical and economic circumstances, capitalism and worldview. Highly recommended read.
GayleT00000 8 months ago
This book covers the subject of slavery from A to Z, looking through the lens of women's ownership of enslaved people from the time of slavery in the US until Emancipation in the 1860s. Nearly every aspect of this subject is covered, covering the way women treated enslaved people versus the way they were treated by the men who owned them. Generally, women owners were more shrewd and more compassionate about the treatment of those who were enslaved, but this is a relative term when considering that enslaved people were commodities, pure and simple, and they were nothing more than belongings who were collected, bought, sold and traded, as long as they were valuable assets to their owners' farms. This is not a pleasant book; it's not meant to be, but it is eye-opening when it comes to the ways enslaved people were treated and how they were used (as wet nurses to their owners' infants, gifts to their owners' children at their births, marriages or for no particular reason). There are brutal examples of how enslaved people were treated, punishments given for trivial infractions, or sometimes for no reason at all. This book is exhaustive in its research, with nothing left out.