history.com: The Massive, Overlooked Role of Female Slave Owners
“Most Americans know that George Washington owned enslaved people at his Mount Vernon home. But fewer probably know that it was his wife, Martha, who dramatically increased the enslaved population there. When they wed in 1759, George may have owned around 18 people. Martha, one of the richest women in Virginia, owned 84.”
the new york times: The Week in Books
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“A cogent and harrowing history about the ways in which white women profited from and passionately defended slavery.”
the washington post: White women’s long-overlooked complicity in the brutality of slaveholding
"Jones-Rogers has provided a brilliant, innovative analysis of American slavery, one that sets a new standard for scholarship on the subject."
the san francisco chronicle: Recommended reading, March 3
the new york times: White Women Were Avid Slaveowners, a New Book Shows
"The full role of white women in slavery has long been one of the 'slave trade's best-kept secrets.' They Were Her Property, a taut and cogent corrective...examines how historians have misunderstood and misrepresented white women as reluctant actors...They Were Her Property draws on the customary sources--letters and other documents from slave-owning families and the like--but radically centers the testimonies of formerly enslaved people in interviews conducted by the Federal Writers' Project, part of the Works Progress Administration. From these stories, Jones-Rogers brings an unseen world to life...Jones-Rogers is a crisp and focused writer. She trains her gaze on the history and rarely considers slavery's reverberations. They are felt on every page, however. It is impossible to read her on 'maternal violence'--the abuse of black mothers and babies during slavery--without thinking of black maternal mortality rates today. This scrupulous history makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present."
the nation: The Mistress’s Tools: White women and the economy of slavery.
"Herein lies the greatest innovation of Jones-Rogers’s book—to show that the power white women wielded over enslaved people, reflected in horrific violence, extended into the economic structures of slavery. They engaged in brutal acts with the logic of the market in mind. Hers is the first book to isolate white women as economic actors in the slave system, and thus the first to dismantle another long-standing myth about these women—that they simply stood by as men conducted the business of slavery."
slate.com: “Equal Opportunity Evil”
A new history reveals that for female slaveholders, the business of human exploitation was just as profitable—and brutal—as it was for men.
the San francisco chronicle: “Co-conspirators: Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers’ new book on female slave owners”
the boston globe: “White women: from slave owners to Trump voters”
"Compelling...Jones-Rogers captures the echoes of what happens when America's greatest atrocity -- and who participated in it -- is deliberately misunderstood and unchallenged."-