Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1999 - History - 244 pages
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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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User Review  - Joanna Hamadeh - Goodreads

I read this book in one day. It is fascinating and engrossing. I am certain I will be revisiting it and rereading it many more times for reference and deeper understanding. It should be required reading for any class on the subject of American History, Race, or Women's studies. Read full review

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User Review  - Diana - Goodreads

The author states this book began as a doctorial thesis. It reads like a thesis; dry and academic. This is not a book easily read for enjoyment. However I do recommend it in the reference library for ... Read full review

Contents

Revisiting Arn t I a Woman i
5
Introduction 73
13
CHAPTER i
25
The Nature of Female Slavery
62
The Life Cycle of the Female Slave
97
CHAPTER 4
119
Men Women and Families
142
From Slavery to Freedom
161
Notes 797
191
Selected Bibliography
225
Index
237
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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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