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- DescriptionFinding Charity's Folk highlights the experiences of enslaved Maryland women who negotiated for their own freedom, many of whom have been largely lost to historical records. Based on more than fifteen hundred manumission records and numerous manuscript documents from a diversity of archives, Jessica Millward skillfully brings together African American social and gender history to provide a new means of using biography as a historical genre. Millward opens with a striking discussion about how researching the life of a single enslaved woman, Charity Folks, transforms our understanding of slavery and freedom in Revolutionary America. For African American women such as Folks, freedom, like enslavement, was tied to a bondwoman's reproductive capacities. Their offspring were used to perpetuate the slave ecomy. Finding loopholes in the law meant that enslaved women could give birth to and raise free children. For Millward, Folks demonstrates the fluidity of the boundaries between slavery and freedom, which was due largely to the gendered space occupied by enslaved women. The gendering of freedom influenced tions of liberty, equality, and race in what became the new nation and had profound implications for African American women's future interactions with the state.
- Author BiographyJessica Millward is an assistant professor of history at the University ofCalifornia, Irvine.
- Author(s)Jessica Millward
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication30/12/2015
- LanguageEnglish & English
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleRace in the Atlantic World 1700-1900
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Content Note5 black & white photographs, 2 diagrams, 1 table
- Weight825 g
- Width152 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine13 mm
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