"A splendid sampler of the very latest and best of scholarship in the field of southern women's history."--Thomas Appleton, Eastern Kentucky University
Spanning the sweep of southern women's history from colonial times to the late 20th century, this collection represents the best scholarship on the lives and experiences of black and white southern women. Through topics as diverse as the rise of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the organization of labor in the apparel industry, these essays explore how southern women constantly moved beyond the traditional confines of race, class, and gender to resist the restrictions of a patriarchal society and assert themselves through organizations and institutions in their communities and personal lives.
Introduction, by Anne Firor Scott
Part I. The Private World
1. "The Empire of My Heart": The Marriage of William Byrd II and Lucy Parke Byrd, by Paula A. Treckel
2. The New Andromeda: Sarah Morgan and the Post-Civil War Domestic Ideal, by Giselle Roberts
3. "The Worst Results in Mississippi May Prove the Best for Us": Blanche Butler Ames and Reconstruction, by Warren Ellem
4. "College Girls": The Female Academy and Female Identity in the Old South, by Anya Jabour
Part II. The Civil War Era
5. "'Tis True That Our Southern Ladies Have Done and Are Still Acting a Conspicuous Part in This War": Women on the Confederate Home Front in Edgefield County, South Carolina, by Orville Vernon Burton
6. Ministries in Black and White: The Catholic Nuns of St. Augustine, 1859-1869, by Barbara E. Mattick
7. The Rise of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, 1894-1914, by Karen L. Cox
Part III. The Segregation Era
8. Keepers of the Hearth: Women, the Klan, and Traditional Family Values, by Glenn Feldman
9. Warm Personal Friend, or Worse Than Hitler? How Southern Women Viewed Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933-1945, by Pamela Tyler
Part IV. The Era of Social Change
10. Esther Cooper Jackson: A Life in the Whirlwind, by Sarah Hart Brown
11. From Sharecropper to Schoolteacher: Thelma McGee's Mississippi Girlhood, by Kathi Kern
12. "Bridges Burned to a Privileged Past": Anne Braden and the Southern Freedom Movement, by Catherine Fosl
13. Vivion Brewer of Arkansas: A Ladylike Assault on the "Southern Way of Life," by Elizabeth Jacoway
14. After the Wives Went to Work: Organizing Women in the Southern Apparel Industry, by Michelle Haberland
Bruce Clayton is Harry A. Logan Professor of History at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania. He is the author of a biography of W. J. Cash and has co-authored a previous book with John Salmond, Debating Southern History: Ideas and Actions in the Twentieth Century South.
John A. Salmond is professor of American history at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. He is the author of Gastonia 1929: The Story of the Loray Mill Strike; “My Mind Set on Freedom”: A History of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968; and The General Textile Strike of 1934: From Maine to Alabama (2002).
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"Each of these essays contributes considerably to the understanding of the ways in which southern U.S. women's lives have changed and have been changed by their communities and institutions." The North Carolina Historical Review
"Without exception, Clayton and Salmond's selections are superbly researched and well-written."
"Nothing in the book is more valuable than Anne Firor Scott's introduction, in which she lists changes in the field of women's history since she began engaging in its practice, ranging from its topics and sources to the practitioners themselves." wellesley.edu/Women's Review of Books
"Informed by the best recent scholarship and written in an engaging style, this is a fine introductory text for students of labor, civil rights, or modern US political history." Choice
"Without exception, Clayton and Salmond's selections are superbly researched and well written, a rarity in the world of essay collections, routinely uneven in quality." The Southern Register
"These essays prove the diversity of Southern women as well as their history." The Journal of American History
"A fine sampling of some of the current work on southern women's history." American Historical Review
"An exceptional addition to the flood of scholarly work that ultimately ties back to that early trickle of writing from five pioneer social historians, often treated as marginal workers in a field most male historians simply did not recognize." H-Net