Reviewed in the United States on February 22, 2019
When I started researching my genealogy a couple of years ago - I realized I only knew the basics of what happened during slavery -- and it was through a white lens. Plus, what I knew didn't even scratch the surface.
I do remember that White women were always presented as helpful to the enslaved --- and anti-slavery. As if, they really didn't want to see anyone enslaved -- nor did they partake in enslaving and violence against the enslaved. They were presented and spoken about as "Southern Belles." Pleasant, delicate, progressive -- and most of all -- a victim -- just like the enslaved.
With that realization and embedded memory, I decided to start researching and dedicating time to learning about what our ancestors went through during slavery in the Colonial Era and the Antebellum South.
I soon found out -- everything I knew and learned -- was either minimized or a flat out lie.
"They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South" -- finally shines a light on all the lies that we were led to believe about White women and their role in slavery in America. Learning about the extreme violence, jealously and hatefulness they practiced is enough to make you want to put the book down. But the stories of the enslaved children, women and men who were their victims deserve to be heard.
Congrats and THANK YOU to Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers for such a ground-breaking book. I pray you lend your voice and scholarship to the #ADOS movement in the future.