Mississippi Women, Volume 2: Their Histories, Their Lives

Mississippi Women, Volume 2: Their Histories, Their Lives

by Elizabeth Payne
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0820333948

ISBN-13: 9780820333946

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:
9780820333946
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:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Elizabeth Anne Payne xi

Part 1 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 The 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

The 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 2 The Twentieth Century Elizabeth Anne Payne 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 The Women of the Knight Family Victoria E. Bynum 174

"Down in Tupelo Everybody Seems to Be Feeling Grand" Early Home Electrification 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

"The Lady Folk Is a Doer" Women and the Civil Rights Movement in Claiborne County, Mississippi Emilye Crosby 234

Discovering What's Already There 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

The Mississippi "Takeover" Feminists, Antifeminists, and the International Women's Year Conference of 1977 Marjorie Julian Spruill 287

The Unknown Grandmother, African American Memory, and Lives of Service in Northern Mississippi Elizabeth Anne Payne Hattye Raspberry-Hall Michael de L. Landon Jennifer Nardone 313

Selected Bibliography Brenda M. Eagles 333

Contributors 345

Index 349

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