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Response to Review of Enslaved Women in America: From Colonial Times to Emancipation

The author is delighted to receive such a positive review from a really promising younger scholar of slavery and gender during the Civil War era. Writing a textbook was much harder than I anticipated because synthesising, condensing and presenting history in an accessible way requires a different set of skills to writing an academic monograph. I entirely agree with Kristen Brilll's point that  this book would have benefitted from more extended discussion at times. Inevitably I was constrained by the word-limit but, as an historian of antebellum slavery I probably focussed rather a lot on this time-frame than on the earlier colonial era and the later Civil War. Nevertheless I am thrilled that Brill finds this a significant contribution to the literature and pleased that she feels it will be useful both to popular and undergraduate audiences.