The Plantation Mistress [NOOK Book]

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This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, Clinton sets before us in vivid detail the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and ...
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Overview

This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, Clinton sets before us in vivid detail the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master.

"The Plantation Mistress challenges and reinterprets a host of issues related to the Old South. The result is a book that forces us to rethink some of our basic assumptions about two peculiar institutions -- the slave plantation and the nineteenth-century family. It approaches a familiar subject from a new angle, and as a result, permanently alters our understanding of the Old South and women's place in it.


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The pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle in the slave society before the Civil War.

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"The Plantation Mistress challenges and reinterprets a host of issues related to the Old South. The result is a book that forces us to rethink some of our basic assumptions about two peculiar institutions — the slave plantation and the nineteenth-century family. It approaches a familiar subject from a new angle, and as a result, permanently alters our understanding of the Old South and women's place in it."

Eric Foner, History Book Club Review

"Clinton has assembled many interesting quotations from old letters and diaries to support her belief that women in the antebellum South were generally overworked, often unhealthy, and little freer than their slaves."

Atlantic Monthly

"One can be grateful that the recent emphasis on the study of women's history has encouraged this much-needed work."

Christian Science Monitor

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307772480
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 227,543
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Everyday life

    What a true Misses dealt with on a daily basis. No Scarlet t O'haras here

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2008

    A Must Read

    The Plantation Mistress is a must read to grasp the reality of plantation life during the early antebellum period. Clinton does an excellent job dispelling the myth of the Old South.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    The truth about a woman's life in the South

    An excellent book I found very useful when researching my novels. I highly recommend it!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2002

    Clinton Challenges View of Old South

    Catherine Clinton proffers an interesting and provocative image of the souther planter's wife. This book challenges the 'moonlight and magnolia' image of the elite of southern society prior to the Civil War by providing detailed examples of daily life. The position of the author is aggressive and at times somewhat overreaching for the evidence she cites,however, it raises some important questions and should be included in the library of a student of Southern history.

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