Thursday, September 15, 2011
"Most women spent a good deal of their lives plowing, hoeing, and picking cotton. In the fields the notion of a distinctive ‘women’s work’ vanished as slaveholders realized that ‘women can do plowing very well & full well with the hoes and [are] equal to men at picking.’"
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow by Jacqueline Jones (page 15)
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
"In these crop cultures, the twin demands of production of the crop and reproduction of the labor force proved mutually exclusive in ways that planters understood but refused to acknowledge in terms of modified work regimens for their female slaves."
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow by Jacqueline Jones (page 18)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
"A fine line existed between rape and work-related punishment, and an overseer’s lust might yield to sadistic rage."
Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow by Jacqueline Jones (page 19)