Daina Ramey Berry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at the University of Texas, Austin, and Deleso A. Alford, Associate Professor of Law at Florida A&M University College of Law, have co-edited what looks to be a groundbreaking new collection of essays on slavery, entitled, Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia (Greenwood, 2012).
New scholarship on the lives and contributions of African-American women is a very welcome addition for legal historians and interdisciplinary scholars given the current scarcity of documented information. IntLawGrrls have celebrated foremothers such as Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, but we know that so many others were silenced or intentionally erased from memory. Their legacy remains important in understanding contemporary domestic and international debates.
As outlined in the book flyer:
The new collection should be a rich resource for making the previously invisible, or marginalized, voices of women who were enslaved more central for historical and contemporary legal studies.
'Enslaved Women in America: An Encyclopedia contains 100 entries written by a range of experts and covering all aspects of daily life. Topics include culture, family, health, labor, resistance, and violence. Arranged alphabetically by entry, this unique look at history features life histories of lesser-known African American women, including Harriet Robinson Scott, the wife of Dred Scott, as well as more notable figures.'