NOTE: Unavailable for live lectures in Fall 2022
Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers is Chancellor's Professor and Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. An award-winning instructor, Jones-Rogers teaches courses in African-American history, the history of American slavery, and women’s and gender history. She is the author of They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South (2019), which won the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery (at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), Harriet Tubman Prize for the best nonfiction book published in the United States on the slave trade, slavery, and anti-slavery in the Atlantic World, the Southern Association for Women’s Historians, Julia Cherry Spruill Prize awarded for the best book in southern women’s history, the Southern Historical Association’s Charles S. Sydnor Award which is awarded for the best book in southern history published in an odd-numbered year, the Society for Historians of the Early American Republic’s Best Book Prize, and the OAH’s Merle Curti Prize for the best book in American social history. Jones-Rogers was also the first African-American and the third woman to win the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History since the award’s inception in 1980.
She is currently at work on two new projects. Her second book, “Women of the Trade,” reorients our understanding of the British Atlantic slave trade by centering the lives and experiences of English, African, and Afro-English women, free and captive, in its telling. Her third, “Women, American Slavery, and the Law,” will be the first book-length manuscript to examine the relationship between gender and the evolution of American slave/property law in both the North and the South from the colonial period to slavery’s legal end. Funds from the Hellman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation have supported this work.
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.