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

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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.
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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
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Women's Work 5
1 The Work Lives of Plantation Slave Women 7
2 The Work Lives of Plantation Mistresses 23
Pt. 2 Expectations and Interactions 51
3 Expectations for White Womanhood 53
4 Plantation Mistresses' Behavior toward Slave Women 72
5 Plantation Mistresses' Attitudes toward Slavery 89
6 Slave Women Confront the Ideology of Domesticity 113
7 Slave Women and the Meaning of Womanhood 130
Pt. 3 The War and Its Aftermath 155
8 The Experience of War 157
9 The Transition to Freedom 185
10 Toward the Future 207
Notes 235
Index 293
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