Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives

Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives

by Elizabeth Payne
     
 

ISBN-10: 082033393X

ISBN-13: 9780820333939

Pub. Date: 02/01/2010

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

Volume 1 of Mississippi Women enriched our understanding of women’s roles in the state’s history through profiles of notable, though often neglected, individuals. Volume 2 explores the historical forces that have shaped women’s lives in Mississippi. Covering an expanse of time from early European settlement through the course of the

Overview

Volume 1 of Mississippi Women enriched our understanding of women’s roles in the state’s history through profiles of notable, though often neglected, individuals. Volume 2 explores the historical forces that have shaped women’s lives in Mississippi. Covering an expanse of time from early European settlement through the course of the twentieth century, the essays in the second volume acknowledge the state’s diverse cultural and physical landscapes as they discuss how issues of race, gender, and class affected women’s lives in various private and public spheres.

Essays on the state’s early history focus on such topics as Choctaw and Chickasaw women’s influence on Native American society and tribal councils, daily life for free black women in slaveholding Natchez, and the efforts of white Protestant women to establish churches on the frontier. Several essays cast new light on legal concerns, including two on the pivotal Married Women’s Property Act of 1839, while other essays examine the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on women’s lives.

The boundaries of race and gender in Jim Crow Mississippi are explored through an essay on the women of the mixed-race Knight family, notably the educator, nurse, and missionary Anna Knight. Women’s experiences with rural electrification, consumerism, civil rights activism, social and service clubs, and feminism are among the other twentieth-century topics addressed in the essays. Volume 2 concludes with an essay on storytelling and remembrance that centers on the family of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist (and Mississippi native) William Raspberry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780820333939
Publisher:
University of Georgia Press
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Southern Women: Their Lives and Times Series , #2
Edition description:
Volume 2
Pages:
360
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Acknowledgments
elizabeth anne payne xi

Part One: The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries
elizabeth anne payne 1

Choctaw and Chickasaw Women, 1690–1834
james taylor carson 7

Stepping Lively in Place
The Free Black Women of Antebellum Natchez
joyce l. broussard 23

The Good Sisters
White Protestant Women and Institution Building in Antebellum Mississippi
randy j. sparks 39

Naked before the Law
Married Women and the Servant Ideal in Antebellum Natchez
joyce l. broussard 57

Cautious, Conservative, and Raced
Th e Maternal Presumption in Mississippi Child Custody Law, 1830–1920
kevin d. mccarthy 77

Yankees in the Yard
Mississippi Women during the Vicksburg Campaign
michael b. ballard 97

Th e Gendered Construction of Free Labor in the Civil War Delta
nancy bercaw 113

Hearth and Home
Constructing Domesticity in Mississippi, 1830–1920
susan ditto 128

Part Two: Th e Twentieth Century
elizabeth anne payne and martha h. swain 149

Mississippi’s United Daughters of the Confederacy
Benevolence, Beauvoir, and the Transmission of Confederate Culture, 1897–1919
karen l. cox 155

Negotiating Boundaries of Race and Gender in Jim Crow Mississippi
Th e Women of the Knight Family
victoria e. bynum 174

“Down in Tupelo Everybody Seems to Be Feeling Grand”
Early Home Electrifi cation Promotion in Northeast Mississippi
sara e. morris 192

Gladys Presley, Dorothy Dickins, and the Limits of Female Agrarianism
in Twentieth- Century Mississippi
ted ownby 211

“Th e Lady Folk Is a Doer”
Women and the Civil Rights Movement in Claiborne County, Mississippi
emilye crosby 234

Discovering What’s Already Th ere
Mississippi Women and Civil Rights Movements
j. todd moye 249

In the Mainstream
Mississippi White Women’s Clubs in the Quest for Women’s Rights in the
Twentieth Century
martha h. swain 269

Th e Mississippi “Takeover”
Feminists, Antifeminists, and the International Women’s Year Conference of 1977
marjorie julian spruill 287

Th e Unknown Grandmother, African American Memory, and Lives of Service
in Northern Mississippi
elizabeth anne payne, hattye raspberry- hall,
michael de l. landon, and jennifer nardone 313

Selected Bibliography
brenda m. eagles 333

Contributors 345

Index 349

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