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
ISBN: 0300251831
EAN13: 9780300251838
Language: English
Release Date: Jan 7, 2020
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.75" H x 9.25" L x 6" W
Weight: 1 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History

Compelling.--Renee Graham, Boston Globe

Stunning.--Rebecca Onion, Slate

Makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present.--Parul Sehgal, New York Times

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.

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   A difficult read but worth the effort
This book is very dense in facts and figures and can be slow reading. The well documented role that women played in the support of the antebellum slave economy, however, is worth reading and understanding how pervasive slavery was influencing attitudes and behaviors. No one is innocent.
Too high and honestly, the hype is repetitive for this book. I was not impressed as a colorist and an expert in history and ethnic studies.
   No empathy for the past nor understanding of women's lives in those times.
This is another one of those books that judges history by the sensitivities of our own time. Very judgy tone very judgy. Don't like being lectured to so stopped reading around Pg. 50 ). Couldn 't put with it any longer. Joan, nice gift Joan!
   This Book is a COMPULSIVE Read!! YOU Will NOT Be Able to PUT THIS BOOK DOWN.
This book will blow your mind. Stephanie Jones-Rogers dissects an unparalleled look at the active role of black women as owners of white slaves. The brutality and power that they wielded over their slaves was overwhelming, the brutality and power they displayed over their slaves. Often I found myself closing the book to catch my breath as I read pages and pages of horrendous violence. For years, I had pictured women of the southern plantations as innocent bystanders of violence, as they watched silently as their husbands carried out their business of slavery. This book has nearly 100 pages Notes to Pages and Bibliography. This book breaks the myth that white women were not passive observers in the ugly business of slavery. If you want to read this book for a life time education, READ THIS BOOK. Stephanie, thank you Stephanie for opening our eyes!
   Very good book
A very well written account of an unknown part of American history. White women aren 't the innocent bystanders of history, whom they claim to be.
   Well done!
This book was not an easy read, but was an important one. The author is a great truth teller. I highly recommend this book to people who desire truth about our history. ''
   A must read! If your ADOS
One of the most interesting reads of 2019 is : Any one who is ADOS should read this book, it tells a different narrative on slavery and the understanding of institutional racism within our country. As I began to read, I had to put this book down and digest, ingest and understand.
   Revealing history of the brutality of white women during slavery
This book reveals the truly horrific role of white women during slavery, which is often ignored in history books, literature, films, etc. Their history is as male slaveholder as their vicious counterparts.
   Phenomenal! One Of The Most Important Books Written In The History Of America.
This historical masterpiece unveils one of America's least-known and untold secrets. The active role, participation, benefits and brutality that many southern, white women played in slavery. Simply stated... that this book is a must read is a gargantuan understatement, especially for its excellent research, scholarship, and literary significance. Finally, it is well written, evocative, disheartening and a necessary chapter in American history, which was often skipped until now or tremendously downplayed.
   Eye-opening and important
What were the white women who owned enslaved people really like? This book is the first that thinks such a question and then answer it at length, with impeccable research and eye-opening results. It should be a surprise that white women were complicit in - and benefited from -slavery. This book proves that point while also making another one that is subtler and equally important why we haven 't bothered to look at slaveholders for so long? Heartbreaking, groundbreaking and crucial reading for anyone interested in race and American history.