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Book review: They were her property: white women as slave owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

Margulies, Ben (2021) Book review: They were her property: white women as slave owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers. LSE Review of Books (19 Jan 2021). Blog Entry.

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In They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South, Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers challenges the idea that white women were passive bystanders to the slave economy in the US, instead demonstrating their active participation in its structures of brutality and exploitation. Compellingly written and centring the testimonies of formerly enslaved people, this award-winning book is an important contribution to both historiography and contemporary politics as it adds to an ongoing conversation about the scope of women’s agency – and white women’s culpability – in the nineteenth century, writes Ben Margulies. Please be aware that this review refers to acts of violence, including sexual violence. They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South. Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers. Yale University Press. 2019.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/
Additional Information: © 2021 The Author
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2021 00:08
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 23:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/108791

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