Rethinking Gender, Slavery, and the Constitution

Despite their exclusion from the Constitution, slave-owning women nevertheless benefitted economically and legally from two clauses, in particular, the clause which abolished the African slave trade to America and gave rise to a domestic one, and the fugitive slave clause, which empowered slave-owning women to go anywhere in the country in order to hunt down and capture the enslaved people they owned.

Lecture Description

Many historians have long considered the century following the ratification of the Constitution to be a regressive era for free women. This talk will examine the ways that two clauses within the Constitution—the clause to abolish the African slave trade and the fugitive slave clause—created opportunities that helped certain women to circumvent many of the economic and legal disabilities that accompanied the denial of their full citizenship.

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Slavery Women

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Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers

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