Beyond the Household: Women's Place in the Early South, 1700-1835 / Edition 1

Beyond the Household: Women's Place in the Early South, 1700-1835 / Edition 1

by Cynthia A. Kierner
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801484626

ISBN-13: 9780801484629

Pub. Date: 09/28/1998

Publisher: Cornell University Press

Much has been written about the "southern lady," that pervasive and enduring icon of antebellum regional identity. But how did the lady get on her pedestal—and were the lives of white southern women always so different from those of their northern contemporaries? In her ambitious new book, Cynthia A. Kierner charts the evolution of the lives of white southern…  See more details below

Overview

Much has been written about the "southern lady," that pervasive and enduring icon of antebellum regional identity. But how did the lady get on her pedestal—and were the lives of white southern women always so different from those of their northern contemporaries? In her ambitious new book, Cynthia A. Kierner charts the evolution of the lives of white southern women through the colonial, revolutionary, and early republican eras. Using the lady on her pedestal as the end—rather than the beginning—of her story, she shows how gentility, republican political ideals, and evangelical religion successively altered southern gender ideals and thereby forced women to reshape their public roles. Kierner concludes that southern women continually renegotiated their access to the public sphere—and that even the emergence of the frail and submissive lady as icon did not obliterate women's public role.Kierner draws on a strong overall command of early American and women's history and adds to it research in letters, diaries, newspapers, secular and religious periodicals, travelers' accounts, etiquette manuals, and cookery books. Focusing on the issues of work, education, and access to the public sphere, she explores the evolution of southern gender ideals in an important transitional era. Specifically, she asks what kinds of changes occurred in women's relation to the public sphere from 1700 to 1835. In answering this major question, she makes important links and comparisons, across both time and region, and creates a chronology of social and intellectual change that addresses many key questions in the history of women, the South, and early America.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801484629
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
509,767
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Before the Pedestal1
1Women, Work, and Sensibility9
2Gender, Community, and Hierarchy36
3Revolution69
4Republicanism102
5Domesticity139
6Women's Spheres180
Conclusion: Patriarchy and Its Limits212
Notes219
Index287

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