Alexandra J. Finley

Oct 16, 2020

An Intimate Economy

Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade

University of California Press 2020

Alexandra J. Finley is the author of An Intimate Economy: Enslaved Women, Work, and America’s Domestic Slave Trade, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2020. An Intimate Economy examines the history of American slavery and capitalism by foregrounding women’s labor in the Antebellum slave trade. Finley explores a variety of topics included, domestic, reproductive, and sexual labor enslaved and free Black women performed at various points in the slave trade. This work adds to our knowledge on how central women were to the extension and growth of the domestic slave trade throughout the Antebellum period.

Alexandra J. Finley is an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Pittsburg.

Derek Litvak is a Ph.D. student in the department of history at the University of Maryland.

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Derek Litvak is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland—College Park. His dissertation, "The Specter of Black Citizens: Race, Slavery, and Citizenship in the Early United States," examines how citizenship was used to both bolster the institution of slavery and exclude Black Americans from the body politic.

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