Derogatory or Pet Name?

Daina Ramey Berry drberry at MSU.EDU
Fri Feb 3 17:08:23 UTC 2006

Does anyone have information on the origin and/or meaning of the
name/nickname "Pussy?" I have found several documents of enslaved women on
southern plantations with this name and would like some context.  Thank you
in advance.

Daina Ramey Berry

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