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THEY WERE HER PROPERTY: an examination of the role of white women slave owners in the American South

When: Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Where: First Parish Church • 1446 Massachusetts Avenue • Cambridge

It is estimated that 40% of slave owners may have been white women.    
Typically, these women inherited more slaves than land, and enslaved  
people were often their primary source of wealth. Not only did white  
women often refuse to cede ownership of their slaves to their  
husbands, they employed management techniques that were as effective  
and brutal as those used by slave-owning men. White women actively  
participated in the slave market, profited from it, and used it for  
economic and social empowerment. By examining the economically  
entangled lives of enslaved people and slave-owning women, Professor  
Jones-Rogers presents a narrative that forces us to rethink the  
economics of slaveholding America.

Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers is professor of history at U C Berkeley.

This event is free and open to all and a book signing will follow.
Please join us.

Presented by the Cambridge Forum

Mary Stack, Director
Cambridge Forum
3 Church Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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