Ar'n't I a Woman? by Deborah Gray White
Female Slaves in the Plantation South

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"This is one of those rare books that quickly became the standard work in its field. Professor White has done justice to the complexity of her subject."—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 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.

About Deborah Gray White

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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.
Published February 17, 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company. 256 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, War, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Female Slaves in the Plantation SouthThere are many books in print on the subject of slavery in the US and a handful On the history of black women in America.

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