By Deborah Gray White
Dwelling with the twin burdens of racism and sexism, slave ladies within the plantation South assumed roles in the relations and group that contrasted sharply with conventional woman roles within the better American society. This new version of Ar'n't I a Woman? reports and updates the scholarship on slave girls and the slave kinfolk, exploring new methods of realizing the intersection of race and gender and evaluating the myths that stereotyped lady slaves with the realities in their lives. mainly, this groundbreaking learn exhibits us how black ladies skilled freedom within the Reconstruction South — their heroic fight to realize their rights, carry their households jointly, withstand monetary and sexual oppression, and keep their feel of womanhood opposed to all odds.
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Ar'n't I a Woman?: Female Slaves in the Plantation South by Deborah Gray White