Experiences of Slavery

Experiences of Slavery Paper

Many people think they know a fair amount about slavery and how it affected women in the North and South, but do they? Pretend a local politician just got it very wrong and you are a historian wanting to set the record straight on how slavery affected women in America. Include:

  • enslaved women’s varied experiences
  • northern white women
  • southern white women
  • How class and religion also might have affected the experiences

Use America’s Women Chapters 7 and 8, and at least two primary sources from Chapter 2 of Women and Slavery in America.

Cite specific examples.

3-4 pages double spaced

—– When you cite the Women in Slavery Chapter:

1 Gail Collins, America’s Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines (New York: Harper Perennial, 2003), 51.

2 Collins, America’s Women, 52.

3 Document 26: Excerpt, [Rebecca Warrent Brown?], Memoir of Mrs. Chloe Spear, a Native of Africa, Who was Enslaved in Childhood, and Died in Boston, January 3, 1815… Aged 65 Years. By a Lady of Boston (Boston: James Loring, 1832), 9-13 in Women and Slavery in America, ed. Catherine Lewis and J. Richard Lewis (University of Arkansas Press, 2011), 99.

4 Doc 26: Excerpt 100.

5 Document 33: Notice of Sale, February 14, 1851 in Women and Slavery in America, ed. Catherine Lewis and J. Richard Lewis (University of Arkansas Press, 2011


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