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

Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South
Author: Deborah Gray White
ISBN 13: 9780393314816
ISBN 10: 393314812
Edition: Revised Edition
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 1999-02-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $17.95

"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

Library Journal

This book challenges the myth of the Southern mammy and other myths and attempts a richer, more complex pic ture of the lives of black women in slav ery. Drawing on historical evidence, in cluding slave narratives and the diaries and autobiographies of white Southern ers, as well as on recent scholarship on the black family, the author examines slave women's daily life, occupations, family roles, and female networks. She finds strength and resourcefulness, but denies that female slaves played a dom ineering role in their families. Her view will be of interest to scholars, especial ly those studying comparative female social roles. For most readers, howev er, the story of slave women is better told in Jacqueline Jones's comprehen sive work on black women, Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow (LJ 3/1/85). Mary Drake McFeely, Smith Coll. Lib., Northampton, Mass.