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In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: Southern Women and the American Civil War. Louisiana State University Press, Catherine Clinton may be new to Texas, having recently taken a position in the history department of the University of Texas at San Antonio, but for more than thirty-five years, foremost among scholars of southern and Civil War history, she has been asking the crucial and game-changing question: Where are the women?
Since The Plantation Mistress appeared inClinton has published more than a dozen volumes on southern women and the American Civil War. In she delivered the annual Fleming Lectures at Louisiana State University, edited and expanded in this fine volume.
Clinton demonstrates the complexity of gender and gendered norms in wartime and its aftermath by focusing her remarks on three groups of southern women: The first group primarily concentrated on controlling the narrative of the war, "providing whitewashed pageantry for audiences hungry for tantalizing tales substituting glory for truth" 2.
They included authors such as Augusta Jane Evans, family members of heroes such as Sallie Pickett and Winnie Davis, diarists such as Sarah Morgan and Kate Stone, and Mary Boykin Chesnut, who so successfully blurred the lines between fact and fiction that she challenges readers years later.
Try as they might, this "band of sisters," as Clinton dubs them, could not whitewash "the blood of the lash.
The second group, "Impermissible Patriots," were white women who acted "beyond the bounds of female propriety" 41 and hence were ignored by polite southern society and historians alike. Confederate spy Rose O'Neal Greenhow received similar criticism for her activities.
Polite society whispered that she had "compromised her gender and her class" in coaxing secrets out of Yankees Belle Boyd also used her "feminine wiles" to carry out what she regarded as a military mission as a spy. Women such as these, and the crowds of females in New Orleans whom the Union general Butler Benjamin ordered to behave or be treated as prostitutes, show the bounds of gender propriety and social costs for ignoring them.
The third lecture examined African American women, enslaved and free. Harriet Tubman first helped escaping slaves and then spied for the Union army. Susie King Taylor served as a nurse with the Union army and wrote a memoir reminding readers that women as well as men sacrificed for freedom.
Clinton muses on the myth of Mammy, resistance to that myth, and the tangled historiography of its study.
The stories of real African American women are emerging from the shadows, "reconstructed by sharp-eyed scholars rather than misty-eyed memoirists" These essays are extraordinarily well written. While theoretically and historiographically sophisticated, they are accessible to a general audience and also worthwhile for readers more familiar with the material.Stepdaughters of History: Southern Women and the American Civil War by Catherine Clinton (review) Each chapter is well organized and based on primary documents.
There is an analysis of expected gendered behavior in each chapter explained clearly so those not familiar with gender can understand the. "The Plantation Mistress" By Catherine Clinton The Plantation Mistress focuses on the elite women living on plantations with twenty or more slaves in the seven seaboard states of the plantation South during the period between and Carol F.
Karlsen, Laurie Crumpacker, Esther Edwards Burr The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South. Catherine Clinton," Winterthur Portfolio 20, no.
2/3 (Summer - Autumn, ): Name: Institution: Course: Date: The Plantation Mistress by Catherine Clinton This work by Catherine Clinton is written with the purpose of informing readers concerning the chaotic lives of white females at the slave society just before the start of the Civil War.
Her first book, The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South, appeared in & was as a selection of the History Book Club, and her biography of Harriet Tubman, was named as one of the best non-fiction books of by the Christian Science Monitor and the Chicago Tribune.
Clinton, Catherine. The Plantation Mistress: Woman’s World in the Old South. New York: Random House, Inc., "Sexual Relations Between Elite White Women and Enslaved Men in the Antebellum South: A Socio-Historical Analysis.".