Enterprising Women: Gender, Race, and Power in the Revolutionary Atlantic

Kit Candlin (Author) Cassandra Pybus (Author)

Product Details

University of Georgia Press
Publish Date
March 15, 2018
5.98 X 9.02 X 0.58 inches | 0.84 pounds

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About the Author

Kit Candlin (Author)
KIT CANDLIN is a research fellow in history at the University of Sydney. He is the author of The Last Caribbean Frontier, 1795-1815.

Cassandra Pybus (Author)
CASSANDRA PYBUS is a professor of history at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Epic Journeys of Freedom: Runaway Slaves of the American Revolution and Their Global Quest for Liberty and Black Founders: The Unknown Story of Australia's First Black Settlers.


Enterprising Women is not only a good and illuminating read but a potentially pathbreaking book. Candlin and Pybus have produced a book that charts new territory in the study of free women of color in the South Caribbean.--Sylvia R. Frey "author of The British Soldier in America: A Social History of Military Life in the Revolutionary Period "
Candlin and Pybus seek to 'unsettle easy assumptions about race, about gender, and about power' and they have succeeded on all counts. In contrast to masculine-centered histories of the Southern Caribbean, Enterprising Women is a hard-hitting study of an intrepid group of free women of color. The authors turn upside down the familiar trope of free women of color as often marginalized figures. Indeed, their close study of long-term relationships of free women of color with white men leads to some of their most arresting and original insights, and their heroic tracking of the descendants of the free women of color over several generations opens up the Atlantic history of race from several distinct and important perspectives. This is a challenging but deeply ramifying work.--Richard S. Newman "author of The Transformation of American Abolitionism: Fighting Slavery in the Early Republic "
Enterprising Women offers a vital reassessment of the relationship among gender, race and power in the Atlantic World.--Danielle Skeehan "Journal of American History "