Mistresses of the Market: White Women and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Slave Trade

For these women, slavery was their freedom.

Lecture Description

This presentation draws upon the testimony of formerly enslaved African-Americans, the correspondence and account books of slave traders, and a wide range of other material (including travel writing, newspapers, and business directories) to show the myriad ways in which white, primarily married, women actively participated in the South’s slave market economy, which involved the buying, selling, and hiring of enslaved people.


Slavery Women

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Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

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