Southern WomenBlack and White in the Old South
The American History Series 3. Aufl.
The third edition of Southern Women relays the historical narrative of both black and white women in the patriarchal South. Covering primarily the years between 1800 and 1865, it shows the strengths and varied experiences of these women—on plantations, small farms, in towns and cities, in the Deep South, the Upper South, and the mountain South. It offers fascinating information on family life, sexuality, and marriage; reproduction and childrearing; education and religion; women and work; and southern women and the Confederacy. Southern Women: Black and White in the Old South, Third Edition distills and incorporates recent scholarship by historians. It presents a well-written, more complicated, multi-layered picture of Southern women’s lives than has ever been written about before—thanks to its treatment of current, relevant historiographical debates. The book also: Includes new scholarship published since the second edition appeared Pays more attention to women in the Deep South, especially the experiences of those living in Louisiana and Mississippi Is part of the highly successful American History Series The third edition of Southern Women: Black and White in the Old South will serve as a welcome supplementary text in college or community-college-level survey courses in U.S., Women’s, African-American, or Southern history. It will also be useful as a reference for graduate seminars or colloquia.
Introduction: An Overview of the South and Southern Women 1 Suggested Reading 16 1 Family Life, Sexuality, and Marriage 18 Family 18 Courtship 23 Miscegenation and Sexuality 31 Black Women and Marriage 41 White Women and Marriage 48 Laws, Marriage, and Divorce 55 Suggested Reading 65 2 Reproduction and Child-rearing 67 Fertility 67 Pregnancy 74 Childbearing 79 Child-rearing 88 Infant Feeding and Care 90 Infant Health Problems 93 Death and Mourning 101 Outside Intervention in Childcare 106 Suggested Reading 109 3 Social Concerns: Education and Religion 111 Education 111 The School Experience 118 Education for the Less Privileged 128 Black Women and Religion 132 White Women and Religion 136 Women’s Benevolence 145 Suggested Reading 149 4 Women and Work 151 The Meaning of Southern Women’s Work 151 Slave and Free Black Labor 153 Slave Punishment and Resistance 161 White Women and Work 166 Work on the Frontier 172 Paid Employment 175 Single Women and Non-Traditional Roles 183 Interracial and Class Relationships 190 Outsiders and Slavery 199 Suggested Reading 202 5 Southern Women and the Confederacy 205 Elite Women’s Involvement on the Home Front 208 Enslaved and Free Black Women 217 Yeoman Wives and Poor Farmwives 222 Work and Daily Life on the Home Front 227 Changing Patterns on the Home Front 235 Hardship and Death 237 Coping Skills and Union Supporters 242 End of War 244 Suggested Reading 247 Conclusion 250 Index 255
Sally G. McMillen was born March 9, 1944 she is the Mary Reynolds Babcock Professor of History at Davidson College. The professorship was established in 1960 by a gift from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, in honor of Mary Reynolds Babcock, the sister of Zachary Smith Reynolds. Some of her books include Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement, Motherhood in the Old South: Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infant Rearing, To Raise Up the South: Sunday Schools in Black and White Churches, 1865-1915 and Southern Women: Black and White in the Old South, 3rd Edition
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