Southern Women: Histories and Identities

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Southern Women: Histories and Identities

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Challenges the stereotypic images of women in the South as white-gloved ladies or old black nannies. The nine essays explore the identities of Southern women from the colonial period to the mid-20th century using perspectives of race, class, and gender; their role in politics and the military; and the suffrage debate. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

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This volume presents selected essays from the 1988 Southern Conference on Women's History that attempt to define Southern women's sense of historical identity. The essays examine the historiography of Southern women along racial, gender, and class lines; their participation in and legal rights dating from the Revolutionary era; the issue of mulattoes and Southern society; the mythology of mammies; race and class in the context of suffrage issues; and the black woman's fear of rape and sexual powerlessness. The volume wisely does not purport to be a comprehensive guide to Southern women's history. Rather, it touches on more or less important issues by which Southern women, both white and black, defined themselves. Essayists like Jacquelyn Dowd Hall and Darlene Clark Hine are well-known women's historians as well as rising scholars. Highly recommended for all academic libraries.
- Jenny Presnell, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, Ohio
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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