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From the Publisher"Kierner debunks the myth of the delicate flower of Southern womanhood."—Publishers Weekly
"This study will be a useful resource for general courses on southern history. The richest new material appears in its chapters on women's wartime political correspondence and their postwar participation in public celebrations."—Choice
"Historians of southern women have always had to confront the image of the 'southern lady' that permeates the field of American history like recalcitrant mildew. No matter how often they assert the existence of real women whose lives were nothing like that of the mythic lady, her shadowy self continues to reappear—despite the repainting provided by countless scholars and their detailed studies of southern women. Cynthia A Kierner synthesizes much of this recent scholarship to provide a useful and accessible study of real women and their lives in those areas with the largest populations, the most complex societies, many of the oldest settlements, the best-kept historical collections, and the most readily available sources: Virginia and the Carolinas."—American Historical Review. April, 2000
"Subtle and sophisticated . . . it bridges a gap between some of the best new scholarship on women in the colonial period and on women in the nineteenth century."—Virginia Libraries
"Students and scholars of women's history will appreciate the important connections Kierner makes between southern and northern women and the impact of social and intellectual changes in southern women's lives."—Diane C. Vecchio, Furman University, The North Carolina Historical Review. October, 1999.
"A richly textured study . . ."—Christie Anne Farnham, Iowa State University, The Journal of American History. December, 1999.
"A well-written, impressively researched revisionist account of women's roles in the early South which documents how women in diverse ways both accepted and moved beyond gender ideals and helped shape the evolving public sphere. The book is filled with insightful comparative connections across time and space and merits the close attention of historians of women and the South in general."—John B. Boles, Rice University