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An Intimate EconomyEnslaved Women, Work, and America's Domestic Slave Trade$
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Alexandra J. Finley

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469661353

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469661353.001.0001

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Conclusion

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(p.124) Conclusion
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An Intimate Economy
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Alexandra J. Finley

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469661353.003.0006

The conclusion summarizes the main arguments of the book, reviewing the ways in which women's labor was crucial to the functioning of the antebellum slave trade and thus the broader economic system of the nineteenth-century United States. This section of the work also argues that women's domestic and socially reproductive labor is crucial to the functioning of economy and society in all historic eras, though it is seldom recognized as work with true value because of its historic association with women and particularly women of color. The conclusion then connects this historic devaluing of women's labor with current political struggles for domestic workers' rights.

Keywords:   Women's labor, Slave trade, Domestic labor, Socially reproductive labor, Nineteenth century, United States, Domestic workers

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