BEYOND IMAGE AND CONVENTION: EXPLORATIONS IN SOUTHERN WOMEN'S HISTORY

BEYOND IMAGE AND CONVENTION: EXPLORATIONS IN SOUTHERN WOMEN'S HISTORY

by Janet Lee Coryell
     
 

ISBN-10: 0826211739

ISBN-13: 9780826211736

Pub. Date: 07/06/1998

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

Despite their prevailing image and stereotype, southern women have often gone "beyond convention," living on their own terms within a society that revered tradition and compliance. Spanning the colonial era to the mid-twentieth century, Beyond Image and Convention documents women from widely varied social, economic, religious, and ethnic

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Despite their prevailing image and stereotype, southern women have often gone "beyond convention," living on their own terms within a society that revered tradition and compliance. Spanning the colonial era to the mid-twentieth century, Beyond Image and Convention documents women from widely varied social, economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds who acted outside the accepted gender boundaries of their day.

Reflecting the quality and breadth of current scholarship in the field of southern women's history, this collection of essays relies upon previously untapped documentary evidence and, in the process, crafts provocative new interpretations of our collective past. The essays explore the historical experience of black and white southern women across nearly three centuries, including a white woman's sexual misconduct in colonial North Carolina, one slave woman's successful attempt to carve out an autonomous existence in southwestern Virginia, an ex-slave's fight for freedom in postbellum Missouri, and the civil rights activism of two white southern women—Sarah Patton Boyle of Virginia and Alice Norwood Spearman of South Carolina.

Breaking new ground in the study of women's history, Beyond Image and Convention provides valuable insights for both specialists and general readers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826211736
Publisher:
University of Missouri Press
Publication date:
07/06/1998
Series:
SOUTHERN WOMEN
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Editors' Introduction1
"Common Disturbers of the Peace": The Politics of White Women's Sexual Misconduct in Colonial North Carolina10
Between Mistress and Slave: Elizabeth Wirt's White Housekeepers, 1808-182528
Enthusiasm, Possession, and Madness: Gender and the Opposition to Methodism in the South, 1770-181053
Making the Most of Life's Opportunities: A Slave Woman and Her Family in Abingdon, Virginia74
Her Will against Theirs: Eda Hickam and the Ambiguity of Freedom in Postbellum Missouri99
Half My Heart in Dixie: Southern Identity and the Civil War in the Writings of Mary Virginia Terhune119
Making the Connection: Public Health Policy and Black Women's Volunteer Work138
Sarah Patton Boyle's Desegregated Heart158
Alice Norwood Spearman Wright: Civil Rights Apostle to South Carolinians184
About the Authors and the Editors209
Index213

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