Females in American Slavery
A look at females in American slavery, focusing on the work "A'rn't I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South" by Deborah Gray White.
# 131228 | 1,000 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2006 |
Published on Dec 01, 2006 in African-American Studies (Slavery) , African-American Studies (Gender) , Literature (General) , Women Studies (Women and Society)
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In this article, the writer discusses that in her book "A'rn't I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South", Deborah Gray White focuses her analysis on the roles and special positions of females in the pre-Civil War American society. The writer notes that she is responding to the assertion that male historians not only dominated the profession, but also that their choice of subjects and their modes of analysis tended to emphasize males and neglect females. The writer maintains that White's book is intended as a corrective against this imbalance, and in doing so she analyzes gender roles and old stereotypes.
From the Paper:"' A'rn't I a Woman? Female Slaves in the Plantation South' by Deborah Gray White is an analysis that focuses on the roles and special positions of females in the pre-Civil War American society. It is interesting to note that this study would never have been published if not for the intervention and support of White's mentor, historian Anne Firor Scott. At the time White first developed her thesis, not male historians not only dominated the profession. Their choice of subjects and their modes of analysis also tended to emphasize males and neglect females. White set out to correct this imbalance by highlighting the special position of females ..."
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