Five Barbaric Facts About VVhite Women and American Slavery

  1. Nothing and no one stopped white women from owning slaves. Not the white men they married, or the slaves who tried to escape, or even the law.

“ Historians long asserted, for instance, that Southern women used wet nurses only “as a last resort,” but the testimonies of formerly enslaved people — and advertisements from the 18th and 19th centuries — tell a different story. The practice appears to have been widespread. One woman recalled that her enslaved mother always gave birth at the same time as her mistress, so she would be available to nurse the white baby.” — The New York Times

3. Women tortured slaves like white men, broke up families like white men, and defied the emancipation proclamation, just like white men.

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Tamela J. Gordon

Tamela J. Gordon

Freelance writer, tarot card reader, self-care advocate. There’s more, but whatever.