A Family of Women: The Carolina Petigrus in Peace and War

A Family of Women: The Carolina Petigrus in Peace and War

by Jane H. Pease, William H. Pease


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781469613802
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/01/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 6.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jane H. Pease is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Maine and an associate in history at the College of Charleston.

William H. Pease is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Maine and an associate in history at the College of Charleston.

Table of Contents

Editorial Note

Part I The Rise of the Petigrus

1 Establishing the Petigru Connection
2 Begetting Offspring
3 Managing Complex Households
4 Educating the Young
5 Marrying for Money
6 Reigning as Belles
7 Surviving Miserable Marriages
8 Governing at Home
9 Marrying for Love
10 Reflecting Power and Wealth
11 Dealing with Public Issues

Part II The War Years

12 The War Comes
13 The Early War Years on the Home Front
14 The Repercussions from the Battlefield
15 The Roof Tree Falls
16 Life Goes On
17 The War Drags to a Close

Part III The Long Years After

18 The Despair of Defeat
19 The Return to the Plantation
20 The Return to the City
21 The Luck of the Allstons
22 The Pain and Joy of Autonomy

Appendix: Genealogical Charts
Bibliographical Essay

What People are Saying About This

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This book is a good read. . . . Jane H. and William H. Pease have done a remarkable job of constructing a lucid and engaging narrative.—American Historical Review

The Peases bring a mature understanding of human relationships as well as experience in southern sources to illuminate life courses (e.g., marriage, childbirth, child rearing, plantation roles) taken by these women linked by blood and marriage.—Choice

This book . . . seems destined to bring the history of southern women the wide readership it has long deserved. . . . All readers will be grateful for the detailed genealogical charts the authors have provided to trace the complicated connections among this fascinating 'family of women.'—Journal of American History

Historians of antebellum southern women will find that this detailed study of the women in one extended upper class family provides a splendid opportunity to test their favorite hypotheses. Other southerners will find it a very good read.—Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

The exceedingly rich detail [the Peases] weave into their narrative will enable other historians to draw their own conclusions on how issues of race, gender, and class impacted on the lives of plantation women before and after the cataclysmic divide of the Civil War. . . . The story the Peases relate is a fascinating one, and a very useful epilogue pulls together many of its threads.—Journal of the Early Republic

A significant contribution to our understanding of elite Southern women and of the diversity and adversity that characterized their lives. . . . Indeed, it is the interactions not only among the women of this family, but between the men and women which make the Peases' extensive research so compelling and significant.—Times Literary Supplement

A Family of Women exemplifies the value of a thoughtful, detailed description of the 'world' that Southern women made before, during, and after the Civil War. Conveying a wealth of information, carefully nuanced in personal observations drawn from the Petigru family's extensive correspondence, the Peases provide a compelling portrait of the lives of white southern women in one extended family over several generations.—-American Studies

If the truism that fact is more interesting than fiction needs proof, it is to be found in A Family of Women.—Journal of Southern History

A fascinating story of devotion and loss, beautifully told. . . . Scholars and general readers will find A Family of Women a valuable contribution to the chronicle of the Southern past. By tracing the Petigru women's lives throughout the nineteenth century, the book has a scope that clearly reveals social change, especially that brought about by the Civil War.—Civil War History

A Family of Women deserves a wide and highly appreciative readership—and not in the South alone. As a study of a significant nineteenth-century Charleston family, the book is remarkable for its dispassionate, elegant tone and critical insight. Like Margaret Mitchell's Gone With the Wind, the Peases' work stresses the distaff side of family life, but never do the authors over-romanticize life in the pestilent Old South. A Family of Women builds to the crescendo of the Civil War years. The Peases brilliantly disclose how the Petigrus and their slaveholding peers met the overwhelming losses that the conflict entailed. This work will be hailed as a classic in family biography.—Bertram Wyatt-Brown, University of Florida


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