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Lee's personal history is an intriguing story. It is also an account of the complex social relations that characterized nineteenth-century life. She was an elite southern woman who knew the rules but who also flouted and other times flaunted the prevailing gender arrangements. Her views on status suggest that the immeasurable markers of prestige were much more important than wealth in her social stratum. She had strong ideas about who was (or was not) her "equal," yet she married a man of quite modest means. Lee's biography also enlarges our view of Confederate patriotism, revealing a war within a war and divisions arising as much from politics and geography as from issues of slavery and class.
Mary Greenhow Lee was a woman of her time and place -- one whose youthful rebellion against her society's standards yielded to her desire to preserve that society's way of life. Genteel Rebel illustrates the value of biography as history as it narrates the eventful life of a surprisingly powerful southern lady.
|1||"My Birthday--I Have Spent It Profitably"||12|
|2||"A Most Accurate Remembrance of My Wild Kicks": The Early Development of a Rebel||32|
|3||"In the Palm Days of Old Winchester": The Environment of Mary Greenhow Lee's Transformation to Responsibility||54|
|4||"Secesh Lives Here": 132 North Market Street||85|
|5||"Village on the Frontier": Winchester, Virginia||111|
|6||"We Share & Bear": Wartime Domestic Politics in the Lee Household||136|
|7||"Nothing to Interfere with My Soldier Work": Mary Greenhow Lee's Warfare Disguised as Housekeeping||156|
|8||"This Is Surely the Day of Woman's Power": Mary Greenhow Lee's Gender Warfare||175|
|9||"I Feel Quite Independent Now"||199|