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The Resource Mothers of invention : women of the slaveholding South in the American Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust

Mothers of invention : women of the slaveholding South in the American Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust

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Mothers of invention : women of the slaveholding South in the American Civil War
Title
Mothers of invention
Title remainder
women of the slaveholding South in the American Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Drew Gilpin Faust
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • When Confederate men marched off to battle, white women across the South confronted unaccustomed and unsought responsibilities: directing farms and plantations, providing for families, and supervising increasingly restive slaves. As southern women struggled "to do a man's business," they found themselves compelled to reconsider their most fundamental assumptions about their identities and about the larger meaning of womanhood. Drew Faust offers a compelling picture of the more than half-million women who belonged to the slaveholding families of the Confederacy during this period of acute crisis
  • According to Faust, the most privileged of southern women experienced the destruction of war as both a social and a personal upheaval: the prerogatives of whiteness and the protections of ladyhood began to dissolve as the Confederacy weakened and crumbled. Faust draws on the eloquent diaries, letters, essays, memoirs, fiction, and poetry of more than 500 of the Confederacy's elite women to show that with the disintegration of slavery and the disappearance of prewar prosperity, every part of these women's lives became vexed and uncertain. But it was not just females who worried about the changing nature of gender relations in the wartime South; Confederate political discourse and popular culture - plays, novels, songs, and paintings - also negotiated the changed meanings of womanhood
  • Exploring elite Confederate women's wartime experiences as wives, mothers, nurses, teachers, slave managers, authors, readers, and survivors, this book chronicles the clash of the old and the new within a group that was at once the beneficiary and the victim of the social order of the Old South. Mothers of Invention show how people managed both to change and not to change and how their personal transformations related to a larger world of society and politics. Beautifully written and eminently readable, this study of women and war is a pathbreaking and definitive study of the forgotten half of the Confederacy's master class
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Awards note
Society of American Historians Francis Parkman Prize, 1997.
Cataloging source
DLC
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Faust, Drew Gilpin
Dewey number
973.7/15042
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E628
LC item number
.F35 1996
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies
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  • American Civil War (1861-1865)
  • United States
  • Women
  • Confederate States of America
  • Women
  • United States
  • United States
  • Vrouwen
  • Sezessionskrieg
  • Frau
  • USA
  • Frau
  • Soziale Rolle
  • Women
Label
Mothers of invention : women of the slaveholding South in the American Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-312) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ch. 4.
  • We must go to work, too
  • ch. 5.
  • We little knew : husbands and wives
  • ch. 6.
  • To be an old maid : single women, courtship, and desire
  • ch. 7.
  • Imaginary life : reading and writing
  • ch. 8.
  • Though thou slay us : women and religion
  • Introduction:
  • ch. 9.
  • To relieve my bottled wrath : Confederate women and Yankee men
  • ch. 10.
  • If I were once released : the garb of gender
  • ch. 11.
  • Sick and tired of this horrid war : patriotism, sacrifice, and self-interest
  • Epilogue:
  • We shall never ... be the same
  • Afterword:
  • The burden of Southern history reconsidered
  • All the relations of life
  • ch. 1.
  • What shall we do? : women confront the crisis
  • ch. 2.
  • World of femininity : changed households and changing lives
  • ch. 3.
  • Enemies in our households : confederate women and slavery
Control code
ocm32432338
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvi, 326 pages
Isbn
9780807855737
Lccn
95008896
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o32432338
  • (OCoLC)32432338
Label
Mothers of invention : women of the slaveholding South in the American Civil War, Drew Gilpin Faust
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 259-312) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • ch. 4.
  • We must go to work, too
  • ch. 5.
  • We little knew : husbands and wives
  • ch. 6.
  • To be an old maid : single women, courtship, and desire
  • ch. 7.
  • Imaginary life : reading and writing
  • ch. 8.
  • Though thou slay us : women and religion
  • Introduction:
  • ch. 9.
  • To relieve my bottled wrath : Confederate women and Yankee men
  • ch. 10.
  • If I were once released : the garb of gender
  • ch. 11.
  • Sick and tired of this horrid war : patriotism, sacrifice, and self-interest
  • Epilogue:
  • We shall never ... be the same
  • Afterword:
  • The burden of Southern history reconsidered
  • All the relations of life
  • ch. 1.
  • What shall we do? : women confront the crisis
  • ch. 2.
  • World of femininity : changed households and changing lives
  • ch. 3.
  • Enemies in our households : confederate women and slavery
Control code
ocm32432338
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xvi, 326 pages
Isbn
9780807855737
Lccn
95008896
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o32432338
  • (OCoLC)32432338

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