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An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade by Alexandra J. Finley (review)

An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade by Alexandra J.... book revi ews An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade. By Alexandra J. Finley. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020. Pp. 184. Cloth, $95.00; paper, $22.95.) An Intimate Economy is exciting and innovative, well worthy of a place in the growing canon of work on U.S. gender and slavery that centers women in American development. Finley provides a necessary intervention in the history of the domestic slave trade through her unique and detailed prob- ing of women’s multiple roles in this trade, so often overlooked by prior historians. Her original and poignant telling of women’s stories conveys in microcosm a wider picture of gendered commodification and exploi - tation that undergirded the regime. Focusing on the late antebellum era and on case studies of major slave markets in Richmond, Virginia, and New Orleans, Louisiana, Finley’s meticulous research fosters a reconcep- tualization of the slave trade and the significance of gender within it. The case studies also highlight differences between the urban and agricultural South and the households therein. The book focuses on the vitally important domestic and socially repro- ductive labor that enabled the financial success of the antebellum slave trade. Women contributed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade by Alexandra J. Finley (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 11 (3) – Sep 1, 2021

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book revi ews An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade. By Alexandra J. Finley. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2020. Pp. 184. Cloth, $95.00; paper, $22.95.) An Intimate Economy is exciting and innovative, well worthy of a place in the growing canon of work on U.S. gender and slavery that centers women in American development. Finley provides a necessary intervention in the history of the domestic slave trade through her unique and detailed prob- ing of women’s multiple roles in this trade, so often overlooked by prior historians. Her original and poignant telling of women’s stories conveys in microcosm a wider picture of gendered commodification and exploi - tation that undergirded the regime. Focusing on the late antebellum era and on case studies of major slave markets in Richmond, Virginia, and New Orleans, Louisiana, Finley’s meticulous research fosters a reconcep- tualization of the slave trade and the significance of gender within it. The case studies also highlight differences between the urban and agricultural South and the households therein. The book focuses on the vitally important domestic and socially repro- ductive labor that enabled the financial success of the antebellum slave trade. Women contributed

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Sep 1, 2021

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