One of the most harrowing periods in American history was undoubtedly the era of slavery and its devastating impact on people of African descent. Enslaved women, in particular, had challenging circumstances based on their gender, yet they persevered with strength and grace through extraordinarily difficult life experiences.
This singular reference provides an authoritative account of the daily lives of enslaved women in the United States, from colonial times to emancipation following the Civil War. Through essays, photos, and primary source documents, the female experience is explored, and women are depicted as central, rather than marginal, figures in history.
Slavery in the history of the United States continues to loom large in our national consciousness, and the role of women in this dark chapter of the American past is largely under-examined. This is the first encyclopedia to focus on the daily experiences and roles of female slaves in the United States, from colonial times to official abolition provided by the 13th amendment to the Constitution in 1865.
Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia contains 100 entries written by a range of experts and covering all aspects of daily life. Topics include culture, family, health, labor, resistance, and violence. Arranged alphabetically by entry, this unique look at history features life histories of lesser-known African American women, including Harriet Robinson Scott, the wife of Dred Scott, as well as more notable figures.
• Dozens of photos of former enslaved women
• Detailed historical timeline
• Numerous rare primary documents, including runaway slave advertisements and even a plantation recipe for turtle soup
• Profiles of noted female slaves and their works
• Provides a comprehensive examination of the role of enslaved women in United States history
• Includes contributions from some of the top scholars in the field
• Contains the most current and up-to-date research on enslaved women in the United States
• Addresses current historical debates on a variety of topics referencing slavery
Elizabeth Key Grinstead
Female Slave Network
Hair and Headdresses
Mammy and Jezebel Stereotypes