"One of those rare books that quickly became the standard work in its field." 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 revised 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 Souththeir heroic struggle to gain their rights, hold their families together, resist economic and sexual oppression, and maintain their sense of womanhood against all odds.
Winner of the Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Book Prize awarded by the Association of Black Women Historians.
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Table of Contents
|Revisiting Ar'n't I a Woman||1|
|Chapter 1||Jezebel and Mammy: The Mythology of Female Slavery||27|
|Chapter 2||The Nature of Female Slavery||62|
|Chapter 3||The Life Cycle of the Female Slave||91|
|Chapter 4||The Female Slave Network||119|
|Chapter 5||Men, Women, and Families||142|
|Chapter 6||From Slavery to Freedom||161|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I recommend college level adults and older to read this book.It discussed the norms of slavery. It helps the reader to gain a better understanding of what black women went through during slavery.
In reading this book, I learned to appreciate the rigidness of the text the harsh, hurtful truths of America's past. Ar'n't I a Woman? challenged me into thinking, acknowledging, and rebuilding the mind set which once held my ancestors. I will save this text for my daughter!!
Ms.Gary break down many sterotypes african-american females go through. It is hard to believe strong-holds that existed 400 years ago still is present today.I recommend every african-american and hispanic females should read this book to know what struggles we are face with today..