In the United States’ Declaration of Independence it articulates, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Walter Johnson’s book Soul by Soul delves deep into the “Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market.” The enslaved female’s life was lived as the purchased property of a white slaveholding male. This book raised some good thoughts to go along with it. Such as, looking into the slaveholder after purchase. If there were conflicted thoughts and actions grew out of the proprietary claims of the slaveholder and his enslaved African American female. As well as was there ever intimacy between the slaveholder and his enslaved female? This essay explores the conflicted thoughts and actions of the white slaveholding male and his black female slave.
Mullen, Macaira L.. "Wealth, Desire, and Consequences of the Antebellum Slaveholder." The Purdue Historian 10, 1 (2022). https://docs.lib.purdue.edu/puhistorian/vol10/iss1/3