History February 21, 2019 at 05:00 pm

3 unforgivable ways white women profited from slavery

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor February 21, 2019 at 05:00 pm

February 21, 2019 at 05:00 pm | History

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White women were awarded compensations

Slave-holding men were not the only ones receiving compensations for the loss of slaves; their wives or mistresses who were also female enslavers were awarded huge payouts. These compensations were given in the event of deaths of their enslaved workers who had been killed or sold away after they had been found of being behind any sort of revolt. Jones-Rogers further notes that women were compensated by cities who hired their slaves for developmental work. White wives also went to court to challenge the marriage and property law that hindered them from owning property in their own name or controlling their own earnings. They petitioned the courts that they would like to have economic rights to the slaves they owned before marriage. The courts granted them their wish.

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