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Author Jones-Rogers, Stephanie E., author.

Title They were her property : white women as slave owners in the American South / Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers.

Publication Info. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019]

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Description 1 online resource (xx, 296 pages) : illustrations
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Introduction: Mistresses of the market -- Mistresses in the making -- "I belong to de mistis" -- "Missus done her own bossing" -- "She thought she could find a better market" -- "Wet nurse for sale or hire" -- "That 'oman took delight in sellin' slaves" -- "Her slaves have been liberated and lost to her" -- "A most unprecedented robbery" -- Epilogue: Lost kindred, lost cause.
Summary "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Access Concurrent user level: Unlimited
Subject Slaveholders -- Southern States -- History.
Slavery -- Southern States -- History -- 18th century.
Women, White -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Economic aspects -- Southern States.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- Southern States.
African Americans -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- History -- 19th century.
Slavery -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Southern States -- Social conditions.
Social conditions.
Southern States.
USA -- Südstaaten
Chronological Term 1700-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Added Title White women as slave owners in the American South
Other Form: Print version: Jones-Rogers, Stephanie E. They were her property. New Haven : Yale University Press, [2019] 9780300218664 (DLC) 2018953991 (OCoLC)1085547912
ISBN 9780300245103 (electronic book)
0300245106 (electronic book)
9780300218664 (hardcover)
0300218664 (hardcover)