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An Intimate Economy – Enslaved Women, Work, and America's Domestic Slave Trade - North Carolina Scholarship Online
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An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America's Domestic Slave Trade

Alexandra J. Finley


Alexandra Finley adds crucial new dimensions to the boisterous debate over the relationship between slavery and capitalism by placing women's labor at the center of the antebellum slave trade, focusing particularly on slave traders' ability to profit from enslaved women's domestic, reproductive, and sexual labor. The slave market infiltrated every aspect of southern society, including the most personal spaces of the household, the body, and the self. Finley shows how women’s work was necessary to the functioning of the slave trade, and thus to the spread of slavery to the Lower South, the expa ... More

Keywords: Slavery, Capitalism, Antebellum, slave trade, Domestic labor, Reproductive labor, Sexual labor, Emotional labor, Women's labor, Household

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469661353
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469661353.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra J. Finley, author
University of Pittsburgh

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