Meticulously researched, carefully reasoned, and gracefully written, this book should be on the reading list of every historian."American Historical Review"
Kathleen Brown has written an important book that is going to revolutionize our understanding of colonial Virginia, of the origins of slavery, and of the role of gender in the evolution of early American society. . . . An admirable combination of sophisticated conceptual design and richly textured and original data . . . that will have a major intellectual impact across the fields of American history.--Drew Gilpin Faust, author of Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War