Arnt I a Woman

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W. W. Norton & Company, Feb 2, 1999 - History - 244 pages
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"One of those rare books that quickly became the standard work in its field." —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 revised 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.

Winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize awarded by the Association of Black Women Historians.

 

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Professor Deborah Gray White's study of the particular aspects of the experience of female slaves in the American south was considered a groundbreaking book when it was first published in 1985. Most ... Read full review

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User Review  - mdobe - LibraryThing

Major contention of this work is that black slave women in the American south "were not submissive, subordinate, or prudish and that they were not expected to be so." She attacks the black power ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
13
CHAPTER 1
25
The Nature of Female Slavery
62
The Life Cycle of the Female Slave
91
The Female Slave Network
119
Men Women and Families
142
From Slavery to Freedom
161
Notes
191
Selected Bibliography
225
Index
237
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About the author (1999)

Deborah Gray White is the Board of Governors Professor of History and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of Ar'n't I A Woman? and Too Heavy a Load, amongst other books.

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