At one point in american history, the primary source of wealth for whit women was owning slaves. Contrary to popular belief, white women were quite active in the black slave market.
“Not only did white women often refuse to cede ownership of their slaves to their husbands, they employed management techniques that were as effective and brutal as those used by slave-owning men.”
White women actively participated in the slave market, profited from it, and used it for economic and social empowerment.
By examining the economically entangled lives of enslaved people and slave-owning women, the author presents a narrative that forces us to rethink the economics and social dynamic of America.