RADIO/PODCAST: Jones-Rogers on White Women’s Roles in Slavery on Against the Grain


A GROUP OF CONFEDERATE WOMEN. MISS S. B. C. PRESTON. MISS ISABELLA D. MARTIN. MRS. JEFFERSON DAVIS. MRS. LOUISA S. MCCORD. MRS. FRANCIS W. PICKENS. MRS. DAVID R WILLIAMS. As seen in Chesnut, Mary Boykin Miller. Diary from Dixie, as Written by Mary Boykin Chesnut, Wife of James Chesnut, Jr., United States Senator from South Carolina, 1859-1861, and Afterward an Aide to Jefferson Davis and a Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1905. (Accessed 2015 October 21 on DocSouth – click for item)

On Against the Grain, Stephanie Jones-Rogers (University of California, Berkeley) discusses white women slaveowners in the U.S. South and their role as slave traders:

Although white women have been largely excluded from histories of the domestic U.S. slave trade, they were in fact active participants in the buying and selling of enslaved Blacks. So argues Stephanie Jones-Rogers; she also elucidates the power slave owners had under federal and state law to go into so-called free states to reclaim runaway slaves.

Listen to the show: Tues 10.20.15 | White Women’s Roles in Slavery | Against the Grain: A Program about Politics, Society and Ideas

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