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Finding Charity’s Folk highlights the experiences of enslaved Maryland women who negotiated for their own freedom, many of whom have been largely lost to historical records. Based on more than fifteen hundred manumission records and numerous manuscript documents from a diversity of archives, Jessica Millward skillfully brings together African American social and gender history to provide a new means of using biography as a historical genre.Millward opens with a striking discussion about how researching the life of a single enslaved woman, Charity Folks, transforms our understanding of slavery and freedom in Revolutionary America. For African American women such as Folks, freedom, like enslavement, was tied to a bondwoman’s reproductive capacities. Their offspring were used to perpetuate the slave economy. Finding loopholes in the law meant that enslaved women could give birth to and raise free children. For Millward, Folks demonstrates the fluidity of the boundaries between slavery and freedom, which was due largely to the gendered space occupied by enslaved women. The gendering of freedom influenced notions of liberty, equality, and race in what became the new nation and had profound implications for African American women’s future interactions with the state.Published in cooperation with the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Program in African American History

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
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  1. Contents
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xvi
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  1. Prologue: The Ghosts of Slavery
  2. p. xvi
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  1. Introduction: Moving Freedom, Shaping Slavery: Enslaved Women in Charity Folks’s Maryland
  2. pp. 1-13
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  1. CHAPTER 1 Reproduction and Motherhood in Slavery, 1757–1830
  2. pp. 14-26
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  1. CHAPTER 2 Beyond Charity: Petitions for Freedom and the Black Woman’s Body Politic, 1780–1858
  2. pp. 27-40
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  1. CHAPTER 3 Commodities and Kin: Gender and Family Networking for Freedom, 1780–1860
  2. pp. 41-52
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  1. CHAPTER 4 Moving Slavery, Shaping Freedom: Households and the Gendering of Poverty in the Nineteenth Century
  2. pp. 53-66
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  1. CONCLUSION: Memorials and Reparations by the Living
  2. pp. 67-72
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 73-74
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 75-94
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 95-118
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 119-130
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  1. Other Works in the Series
  2. pp. 131-132
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 133-136
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820348797
Related ISBN
9780820331089
MARC Record
OCLC
933338187
Pages
152
Launched on MUSE
2016-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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