Taking off the White Gloves: Southern Women and Women Historians

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When southern women remove their gloves, they speak their minds. The ten timely and provocative essays in Taking Off the White Gloves represent the collective wisdom of some of the finest scholars on women's history in the American South. On the eve of the thirtieth anniversary of the Southern Association for Women Historians, this volume brings together some of the outstanding lectures delivered by distinguished members of the association over the past fifteen years.

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When southern women remove their gloves, they speak their minds. The ten timely and provocative essays in Taking Off the White Gloves represent the collective wisdom of some of the finest scholars on women's history in the American South. On the eve of the thirtieth anniversary of the Southern Association for Women Historians, this volume brings together some of the outstanding lectures delivered by distinguished members of the association over the past fifteen years.

Spanning four centuries of women's experiences in the South, the topics featured in Taking Off the White Gloves range from Native American sexuality and European conquest to woman suffrage in the South, from black women's protest history to the status of women in the historical profession at the end of the twentieth century.

Despite diverse subject matter, these rich essays share a number of important qualities. They take an integrative approach, combining literary analysis, social history, cultural interpretation, labor history, popular culture, and oral history. Embracing the distinctiveness of the southern past and women's experiences within that past, they also recognize the inextricability of critical categories such as sexuality and gender, race and gender, and women and work. Finally, these essays emphasize the authors' commitment to the belief that the personal is political; they reveal the subtle and not so subtle ways that women transform theory into practice.

Taking Off the White Gloves invites a new understanding of the complexities that surround the history of southern women across race, class, place, and time. A model of innovative and imaginative scholarly historical writing, this book provides fertile ground for young scholars and is sure to inspire new research. This thought- provoking volume has much to offer scholars and students, as well as the general reader.

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Presents selected papers from three conferences of the Southern Association of Women Historians, held between 1988 and 1997. Essays cover a broad time span, grappling with nearly 400 years of women's experiences in the South, from Native American sexuality and European conquest to black women's protest history in the late 20th century. Essays take an integrative approach by relying on multiple combinations of literary analysis, social history, cultural interpretation, popular culture, and oral history. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826212092
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: SOUTHERN WOMEN Series
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Michele Gillespie is Associate Professor of History at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia. She and Catherine Clinton have coedited The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South.

Catherine Clinton is the Douglas Southall Freeman Professor of History at the University of Richmond. She is the author or editor of several books, including Tara Revisited: Women, War, and the Plantation Legend.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
"Sassing Fate": Women Workers in the Twentieth-Century South 15
Woman Suffrage and White Supremacy: A Virginia Case Study 28
Sex and the Sectional Conflict 43
Clio's Daughters: Whence and Whither 64
Columbus Meets Pocahontas in the American South 82
Experiencing the American Revolution 96
Unfinished Business 111
"But She Can't Find Her [V. O.] Key": Writing Gender and Race into Southern Political History 123
Tokens of Affection: The First Three Women Presidents of the Southern Historical Association 145
"A Stronger Soul within a Finer Frame": Writing a Literary History of Black Women 158
About the Contributors 175
Index 179
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