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Mothers of invention : women of the slaveholding South in the American Civil War

Author: Drew Gilpin Faust; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [1996]
Series: Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Faust, Drew Gilpin.
Mothers of invention.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)604920367
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Drew Gilpin Faust; Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State University. Libraries)
ISBN: 0807822558 9780807822555 0807855731 9780807855737 0679781048 9780679781042
OCLC Number: 32432338
Awards: Society of American Historians Francis Parkman Prize, 1997.
Description: xvi, 326 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: 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 --
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 --
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.
Series Title: Fred W. Morrison series in Southern studies.
Responsibility: Drew Gilpin Faust.

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Drew Faust offers a compellilng picture of the more than half-million women who belonged to the slaveholding families of the Confederacy, when every part of these women's lives became vexed and  Read more...
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"A remarkable portrait of upper-class Confederate women's wartime experience." - New York Review of Books"

 
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