Historian Stephanie Jones-Rogers takes a rare and penetrating look into the White woman’s world of slave ownership with powerful first-person testimonials and other unimpeachable source documents that give lie to the notion of the fragile, defenseless antebellum mistress. As principal actors and managers, many White women were more effective and brutal than their male counterparts in controlling the economic reins of slavery.
Skirting the dictates of 19th Century patriarchy, they deployed race and gender empowerment to invest, maintain and profit as owners of enslaved people. Jones-Rogers weaves a narrative that reshuffles the widely held economic and social conventions of slave-holding America.
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