They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

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They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South by Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers published by Yale University Press (2019) 320 pages. $30.00 Hardcover, $15.12 Kindle.
This book is about female empowerment and enslavement by females. It sets to rest notions that Southern White Women who owned slaves were "slaveowners in name only." While most slaveonwers were white men, there were significant numbers of women who owned slaves and many of them were full participants in the system of enslavement.

The author, Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers, argues against the notion prevelent during the 1850s that white slaveowning women in the South were shielded from the worst aspects of slavery, were unaware of its brutality, and only functioned on the margins of slaves lives. While there were a broad set of experiences of slaveowning women, some bought and sold slaves, some ordered the beatings of slaves, and nearly all directed the exploitation of the people that they "owned."

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