Gender, Race, and Rank in a Revolutionary Age: The Georgia Lowcountry, 1750-1820

Gender, Race, and Rank in a Revolutionary Age: The Georgia Lowcountry, 1750-1820

by Betty Wood
     
 

ISBN-10: 0820321834

ISBN-13: 9780820321837

Pub. Date: 06/28/2000

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

This definitive work thoroughly explores, for the first time, the often complicated ways in which ethnicity and social rank interacted to determine the relationships that were forged among four categories of women in the Revolutionary and early National Lowcountry. Betty Wood analyzes the experiences of enslaved African and African American women, free women of

Overview

This definitive work thoroughly explores, for the first time, the often complicated ways in which ethnicity and social rank interacted to determine the relationships that were forged among four categories of women in the Revolutionary and early National Lowcountry. Betty Wood analyzes the experiences of enslaved African and African American women, free women of color, elite women of European ancestry, and underclass women of European descent.

Studying interactions between female slaves and free women of color, between plantation mistresses and their female slaves, and between the members of a "ladies" charitable society and the young "women" who received their help, Wood brings their diverse worlds to life, including colorful details of their work, religious practices, and even the hidden agendas in their social circles. She offers evidence of extensive family, racial, and social barriers to their awareness and development of a shared identity as women and concludes that although the boundaries between these groups were sometimes permeable, ties of gender seldom superseded considerations of social rank and ethnicity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820321837
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
06/28/2000
Series:
Georgia Southern University Jack N. and Addie D. Averitt Lecture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Chapter 1. Enslaved Women and Free Women of Color
Chapter 2. "Ladies" and "Wenches"
Chapter 3. "Ladies" and "Women"
Notes
Index

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