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Discovering the women in slavery : emancipating perspectives on the American past
Morton, Patricia.
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Athens : University of Georgia Press, [1996]

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x, 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Misshapen identity: memory, folklore, and the legend of Rachel Knight / Victoria E. Bynum -- In remembrance of Mira: reflections on the death of a slave woman / Carolyn J. Powell -- The Civil War's empowerment of an Appalachian woman: the 1864 slave purchases of Mary Bell / John C. Inscoe -- The Mistress and her maids: White and Black women in a Louisiana household, 1858-1868 / Wilma King -- The Divided mind of antislavery feminism: Lydia Maria Child and the construction of African American womanhood / Margaret M.R. Kellow -- Prudence Crandall, Amistad, and other episodes in the dismissal of Connecticut slave women from American history / David Sheinin -- 'The Fortunes of women in America': Spanish New Orleans's free women of African descent and their relations with slave women / Kimberly S. Hanger --'If I can't have my rights, I can have my pleasures, and if they won't give me wages, I can take them': gender and slave labor in antebellum New Orleans / Virginia Meacham Gould -- Religion, gender, and identity: Black Methodist women in a slave society, 1770-1810 / Cynthia Lynn Lyerly -- The Struggle to achieve individual expression through clothing and adornment: African American women under and after slavery / Patricia K. Hunt -- 'At noon, oh how I ran': breastfeeding and weaning on plantation and farm in antebellum Virginia and Alabama / Marie Jenkins Schwartz -- Behind the mask: ex-slave women and interracial sexual relations / Hélène Lecaudey -- Mistresses, morality, and the dilemmas of slaveholding: the ideology and behavior of elite antebellum women / Marli F. Weiner -- The Diversity of old south White women: the peculiar world of German American women / Lauren Ann Kattner.
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E443 .D57 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A collection of 14 essays on women's experiences of slavery in America. The study presents a range of questions and findings about American slavery that are engendered by the exploration of the experience and roles of women generally left invisible by conventional American slave history.

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Recognizing that women's history and slave history cannot be separated, this collection of essays is part of the literature that attempts to insert women's experiences into the analysis of slavery. The primary aim of the essays is to end the historical silence about slave women, to deepen the understanding of the slave woman's everyday life of work and family. The most interesting contributions, however, focus not on the "usual" but on the diversity of the slave world. Not all slave women worked on large plantations; there are fascinating studies of the experiences of urban women, both slave and free. Other studies deal with the ways slave women showed their resistance and individuality through religion, disobedience, and even by the way they dressed. Specialists will note that some of the material, e.g., the analysis of the difficult relationships between white and black women, has been treated by other historians, but since the volume is clearly meant to appeal to a wide readership, those discussions are useful. For those who wish to know more about slave history, an excellent introduction analyzes the major studies of slavery published in the last 30 years. All levels. J. Wishnia SUNY at Stony Brook