Scarlett's Sisters: Young Women in the Old South / Edition 1

Scarlett's Sisters: Young Women in the Old South / Edition 1

by Anya Jabour
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807859605

ISBN-13: 9780807859605

Pub. Date: 02/01/2009

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

Scarlett's Sisters explores the meaning of nineteenth-century southern womanhood from the vantage point of the celebrated fictional character's flesh-and-blood counterparts: young, elite, white women. Anya Jabour demonstrates that southern girls and young women faced a major turning point when the Civil War forced them to assume new roles and

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Scarlett's Sisters explores the meaning of nineteenth-century southern womanhood from the vantage point of the celebrated fictional character's flesh-and-blood counterparts: young, elite, white women. Anya Jabour demonstrates that southern girls and young women faced a major turning point when the Civil War forced them to assume new roles and responsibilities as independent women.

Examining the lives of more than 300 girls and women between ages fifteen and twenty-five, Jabour traces the socialization of southern white ladies from early adolescence through young adulthood. Amidst the upheaval of the Civil War, Jabour shows, elite young women, once reluctant to challenge white supremacy and male dominance, became more rebellious. They adopted the ideology of Confederate independence in shaping a new model of southern womanhood that eschewed dependence on slave labor and male guidance.

By tracing the lives of young white women in a society in flux, Jabour reveals how the South's old social order was maintained and a new one created as southern girls and young women learned, questioned, and ultimately changed what it meant to be a southern lady.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807859605
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
02/01/2009
Edition description:
1
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Scarlett and Her Sisters: Young Women in the Old South 1

1 Young Ladies: Adolescence 17

2 College Girls: School 47

3 Home Girls: Single Life 83

4 Southern Belles: Courtship 113

5 Blushing Brides: Engagement 151

6 Dutiful Wives: Marriage 181

7 Devoted Mothers: Motherhood 215

8 Rebel Ladies: War 239

Epilogue Tomorrow Is Another Day: New Women in the New South 281

Notes 285

Bibliography 345

Index 369

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