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’12 Years a Slave’ Highlights America’s Shocking Record of Female Subjugation

AFRICANGLOBE - Women did not exist at the dawn of colonial America. That is to say, from a legal perspective, they had no existence apart from their husband's. They mostly couldn’t own property. They couldn’t inherit. Their babies did not belong to them, and neither did their bodies. They were chattel, much like a cow or a utensil.
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