The women with whom I am concerned were always generating responses to the profoundly new circumstances that were unfolding around them. Those circumstances included their firm displacement outside the category of the private even as the forces that brought them into archival materiality were propelled by the desire to protect that which is associated with the domestic—intimacy, and family.
In this lecture, Morgan explores the connection between enslavement (both in Europe and the early English Atlantic world) and the ideas of privacy, domesticity, and home. Her lecture centers the lives of African women in the households of the elite. She revisists the question of the emergence of the public/private divide, but does so from a black feminist methodological perspective.