Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their LivesVolume 2 includes vibrant chapters from a number of prominent scholars in the field of southern history as well as from those who are just bringing their work to light. With this second book, a smart complement to the first volume, the authors analyze the forces of history in the lives of Mississippi women while demonstrating women's agency in a sophisticated and analytical manner. From Choctaw and Chickasaw tribal history to the International Women's Year Conferences of 1977, Mississippi offers a fascinating window into the world of southern women.
Mississippi Women, Volume 1: Their Histories, Their Livesby Ann Scott, Bridget Pieschel, Cita Cook, Constance Curry, David D. Carson
This collection of seventeen fascinating biographies, produced by the Mississippi Women's History Project, is an important step toward gaining the state's women their deserved place in its written record. The women whose absorbing life stories are told here range from Felicité Girodeau of old Natchez, who was both a person of color and a slaveholder, to Vera
This collection of seventeen fascinating biographies, produced by the Mississippi Women's History Project, is an important step toward gaining the state's women their deserved place in its written record. The women whose absorbing life stories are told here range from Felicité Girodeau of old Natchez, who was both a person of color and a slaveholder, to Vera Mae Pigee, who "mothered" the civil rights movement in the Mississippi Delta. Some of the women are well known, others were prominent in their time but have since faded into obscurity, and a few have never received the attention they deserve.
Readers may already know such figures as writer and photographer Eudora Welty, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, and poet and educator Margaret Walker Alexander. Others are probably less familiar: the microbiologist Elizabeth Lee Hazen, the black businesswoman and civic leader Sadye Wier, the flapper feminist Minnie Brewer, or the jurist Burnita Shelton Matthews. All the featured women, whether suffrage pioneers, champions for higher education for women, or luminaries in art and literature, shared similar experiences in their struggles for success. From Winnie Davis, daughter of the Confederacy's president, to Hazel Brannon Smith, a journalist and antilynching crusader, they had in common the pains and privileges that were part of womanhood in their times.
As multifaceted as the state they helped to build, the women portrayed in this engaging volume will interest and inspire Mississippians of all ages. Scholars will find here a valuable resource that adds nuance and texture to southern and women's history.
The essays in this volume confound our assumptions about Mississippi women and broaden our understanding of southern womanhood in general. The authors capture the breadth and diversity of women’s experiences in the state from eighteenth-century Chickasaw and Choctaw women to nineteenth- and twentieth-century black and white womenall restricted by or challenging social, economic, and political constraints. This is an outstanding study of women’s history as southern history.
I can't wait to assign the second volume of Mississippi Women to my classes. This book provides historical scholarship that can at once illuminate stories and novels by writers like Eudora Welty and Toni Morrison and offer new insight into literary texts by their male counterparts. The book's essays paint a portrait of Mississippi womenNative American, black, and whitewhich is relevant far beyond state lines or the boundaries of academic disciplines.
This volume is for all of us. Beautiful and powerful writing makes these essays accessible to those of us outside the scholarly world of historians and the academy. As a former civil rights lawyer, law professor, and Women’s Rights Program Officer at Ford responsible for its grant-making globally and in the United States, I cannot say enough about how important this volume is.
The well-written and accessible essays in this volume add depth and rich texture to our understanding of the lives of women in Mississippi.
"This extraordinary collection pays tribute to the strength and resourcefulness of a number of Mississippi women—some famous, some relatively unknown, some sophisticated and wealthy, some poor and uneducated—whose lives bear witness to their 'courage to think,' as Pauline Orr put it, and also to act, sometimes in the most perilous of circumstances and always in a world where women, whether white or black, have been bound by rigid societal taboos. Mississippi Women is a book that has cried out to be written and cries out to be read."Ellen Douglas, author of Truth: Four Stories I Am Finally Old Enough to Tell
"This volume represents a long-overdue highlighting of some of the significant and diverse contributions that seventeen remarkable women made to the history of Mississippi. One cannot read these pages without developing a greatly enhanced sense of appreciation of the role these gifted and dedicated individuals played in shaping for the better the lives of the people of our state."William F. Winter, former governor of Mississippi
"Significant contributions to history and society arent always made by the well known. That point is made immensely clear in this new book. . . . The authors are careful to cover all aspects of their subjects lives, which brings even more personality and humanity to their depiction of these remarkable women. Readers learn about the womens professional lives, as well as their families, volunteerism, hobbies, and passions. Such a presentation will help modern female readers identify with these historical paragons.”Foreword Magazine
"How in the world could a book about these women be anything but intriguing? It couldn't, and it isn't. . . . Scholars will find here a valuable resource that adds nuance and texture to southern and women's history, while the 'civilian' readers will find Mississippi Women just plain good."Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal
"For readers from Mississippi, the book offers a source of pride and inspiration; for others, it sheds light on a group of women whose noteworthy achievements went unnoticed for far too long."Mississippi Magazine
"As multifaceted as the state they helped to build, the women portrayed in this engaging volume will interest and inspire Mississippians of all ages."Starkville Daily News
"Scholars will find here a valuable resource that adds nuance and texture to southern and women's history, while the 'civilian' readers will find Mississippi Women just plain good."Daily Journal
Meet the Author
Mark Newman is a reader in history at the University of Edinburgh. He won the Southern Regional Council's Lillian Smith Book Award for Getting Right with God.
Sarah Wilkerson Freeman is an associate professor of history at Arkansas State University. She is a contributor to Southern Women at the Millennium and Mississippi Women: Their Histories, Their Lives and numerous journals.
Marjorie Julian Spruill is a professor of history at the University of South Carolina.
Martha H. Swain is Cornaro Professor of History Emerita at Texas Woman's University.
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