African American Women : An Examination Of Female Slavery

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African-American women have been neglected historical recognition during the primitive and the final stages of North American slavery. Historians like Stanley Elkins, John Blassingame, Robert Fogel, Stanley Engerman, Eugene Genovese, and Herbert Gutman have had a profound influence on research that uncovers the experiences of slaves in the antebellum South. Yet, these historians have only done so through the centered analysis of enslaved black men – this review will focus on two stereotypes and solidarity of women. Ar’n’t I A Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South by Deborah Gray White provides an examination of female slavery, in which, she analyzes the situation of the most vulnerable group of antebellum Americans: the uniqueness of African-American female crossroads that exercise two of the most well developed ideologies in America, that regarding women and that regarding the Negro (White, 26). The author places the context of such analysis in the speech “Ar’n’t I a Woman?” from former slave Sojourner Truth. In doing so, White hopes to reveal historical contributions by African-American women during slavery. Additionally, White strives to surface illustrations of unique struggles enslaved women encountered to evince the historic racism and sexism that structured womanhood in order to answer a confident and assertive “yes” to the persistent question: “Ar’n’t I a woman?” (White, 190) – White strives to prove her thesis, which states that an overdue examination of…
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