in Engendering whiteness
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The white women who inhabited the slave societies of North Carolina and Barbados were willing and unwilling participants in the extraordinary and peculiar institution that was slavery. Though most of North Carolina's white women enjoyed access to slave labour, the majority were neither slave-owners nor wealthy, and their daily labour was, in many instances, critical to the survival of their families. Albeit constrained by various ideological, legal and social practices, white women were significant social and economic actors in both North Carolina and Barbados. Whiteness in Barbados and North Carolina emerged as a product of specific processes of racialisation and of exclusionary practices, for instance, in terms of property relations. At various times Barbadian authorities also attempted to restrict and limit the property rights of free coloureds.

Engendering whiteness

White women and colonialism in Barbados and North Carolina, 1627–1865


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