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From the Publisher"It is . . . Jabour's evocative account of the cultural complexities and paradoxes with which young southern women struggled in their becoming that makes Scarlett's Sisters such an important piece of scholarship."
-Journal of American Studies
"Numerous quotations from letters and diaries, along with thought-provoking illustrations, provide color, authentic voice and a certain freshness to the book."
"Excellent. . . . Compellingly written and intriguing. . . . Southern, women's and general historians should read [it]."
— Journal of Southern History
"Jabour knows that the young women were both privileged and subordinate, oppressors and oppressed. . . . This well written and superbly illustrated book is an admirable introduction to their world."
— American Historical Review
"Well written, meticulously researched. . . . Fine, refreshing contribution to the literature on gender in the early republic."
— Journal of the Early Republic
"Extensive research into the personal papers of more than three hundred young women convincingly demonstrates the self-conscious nature of these girls' transformations."
— Georgia Historical Quarterly
"Nicely written, clearly argued, and complemented by good illustrations. . . . An admirable book with a strong argument that invites all historians of the nineteenth century South to rethink the confines of elite white womanhood."
— North Carolina Historical Review
Freshly written and meticulously researched, this book is full of women whose voices are clear and arresting.
Steven M. Stowe, Indiana University