Kiefer Holland is a third-year PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. His research, which is funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, examines the writing and speeches of nineteenth-century African American women. He holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Brighton and an MSc in US Literature from the University of Edinburgh.

Book Review: An Intimate Economy by Alexandra J. Finley

Alexandra J. Finley’s new book, An Intimate Economy, examines the vital role that women played in the US economy in the mid-nineteenth century, focusing primarily on enslaved and formerly enslaved African American women. The majority of that examination is done through the personal histories of African American women who were able to use their economic positions, both whilst enslaved and in freedom, to gain some form of power and independence. Continue reading