Abstract

Using a review of several letters from the papers of Rice C. Ballard, a former Virginia slave trader, this article examines the lives "fancy girls," a little known group of high-end, enslaved women who were sold for use as concubines or prostitutes during antebellum America. Specifically, this study uses letters from two women to demonstrate how this unique female slave encountered an industrializing America in ways that often differ from the experiences of other female slaves.

Additional Information

ISSN
1944-6462
Print ISSN
1935-2743
Launched on MUSE
2011-06-08
Open Access
No
Archive Status
Archived
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