Mistresses and Slaves: Plantation Women in South Carolina, 1830-80 / Edition 1

Mistresses and Slaves: Plantation Women in South Carolina, 1830-80 / Edition 1

by Marli F. Weiner
     
 

Marli Weiner challenges much of the received wisdom on the domestic realm of the nineteenth-century southern plantation - a worked in which white mistresses and female slaves labored together to provide food, clothing, and medicines to the larger plantation community. Although divided by race, black and white women were joined by common female experiences and… See more details below

Overview

Marli Weiner challenges much of the received wisdom on the domestic realm of the nineteenth-century southern plantation - a worked in which white mistresses and female slaves labored together to provide food, clothing, and medicines to the larger plantation community. Although divided by race, black and white women were joined by common female experiences and expectations of behavior. Because work and gender affected them as much as race, mistresses and female slaves interacted with one another very differently from the ways they interacted with men. Supported by the women's own words, Weiner offers fresh interpretations of the ideology of domesticity that influenced women's race relations before the Civil War, the gradual manner in which they changed during the war, and the harsher behaviors that resulted during Reconstruction.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252066238
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
Women in American History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. 1Women's Work5
1The Work Lives of Plantation Slave Women7
2The Work Lives of Plantation Mistresses23
Pt. 2Expectations and Interactions51
3Expectations for White Womanhood53
4Plantation Mistresses' Behavior toward Slave Women72
5Plantation Mistresses' Attitudes toward Slavery89
6Slave Women Confront the Ideology of Domesticity113
7Slave Women and the Meaning of Womanhood130
Pt. 3The War and Its Aftermath155
8The Experience of War157
9The Transition to Freedom185
10Toward the Future207
Notes235
Index293

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