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Stephanie Elizabeth Jones-Rogers
University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Women, American Slavery, and the Law

A book-length study of the role that slave-owning women played in shaping changes to American property law in antebellum North and the South.

Women, American Slavery, and the Law is a book-length manuscript which examines the relationship between gender and the evolution of American slave/property law in the North and the South from the colonial period to American slavery’s legal end. It is deeply concerned with the ways that slavery and slave-ownership shaped the operation of marital property law, and the ways that married women understood the relationship between them. More profoundly, the book elucidates the roles that slave-owning women played in shaping the contours of slave/property laws as the nation, and the institution of slavery, expanded into the West and Deep South. By doing all of this, it will offer a much-needed corrective, which intervenes in three subfields—the history of American law, women’s history, and the history of slavery.

Project fields:
African American History; U.S. History; Women's History

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Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018