"This is a fascinating look at an extraordinary woman and the complexities of slavery beyond the common image of slavery in the South." - Booklist
"A fascinating look at an extraordinary woman and the complexities of slavery beyond the common image of slavery in the South." - Booklist
"Fosters understanding of the differences and similarities in the institution of slavery, in the distinction between free and enslaved, and in attitudes of racial prejudice between Spanish Florida and the United States."
--North Carolina Historical Review
"provides an unexpectedly thorough account that traces the life of a woman from a Wolof village is Senegal, acros the Atlantic via the middle passage, to a Florida community of African slaves and white slave owners."
"A rich and thought provoking history, which would be of iterest to anyone studyig the Atlantic world." Timothy R. Buckner, Univ. of TX, Austin
"an absorbing account of Anna Madgigine Jai Kingsley, an African woman who was enslaved, forcibly transported to Florida, held in bondage, freed, and married to her white master;"
"...a valuable account that brings a wider understanding to the lives of enslaved and free women in the nineteenth century South."
--The Journal of American History
"Should provoke animated discussion."
"Contributes to a growing literature on the possibilities for slave women's emancipation, especially in Spanish territory, and for propertied women's social and economic power in the Old South."
--The Journal of Southern History
"Schafer has produced a remarkable study that should be read by scholars and general readers alike."
"The narrative humanizes Anna Kingsley, putting a voice and face to slavery in Florida during Spanish and American rule."
"For those seeking an understanding of the complexities of slavery beyond the greater Chesapeake region, Schafer's impressive study offers an excellent and very well-researched starting point."
--American Historical Review
"A first-rate history."
--Florida Historical Quarterly
"This fascinating hsitory of one remarkable woman provides an eye-opening exploration of larger issues."