Daily Archives: March 1, 2017


The problem of using the term “mistress” to refer to enslaved women

The issue regarding the status of enslaved women as “mistresses” is generating discussion on social media, this time because of a tweet by a Washington Post‘s journalist Krissah Thompson on her article highlighting the new findings on Sally Hemings at Monticello. In that tweet, Thompson referred to Hemings as the “mistress” of Thomas Jefferson, and the discussion resulted in a recent Teen Vogue article explaining […]