Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household

Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household

by Thavolia Glymph
ISBN-10:
0521703980
ISBN-13:
9780521703987
Pub. Date:
12/31/2007
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Out of the House of Bondage: The Transformation of the Plantation Household

This book views the plantation household as a site of production where competing visions of gender were wielded as weapons in class struggles between black and white women. Mistresses were powerful beings in the hierarchy of slavery rather than powerless victims of the same patriarchal system responsible for the oppression of the enslaved. Glymph challenges popular depictions of plantation mistresses as "friends" and "allies" of slaves and sheds light on the political importance of ostensible private struggles, and on the political agendas at work in framing the domestic as private and household relations as personal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521703987
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2007
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 180,950
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. The gender of violence; 2. 'Beyond the limits of decency': women in slavery; 3. Making 'better girls': Southern women and the claims of domesticity; 4. 'Nothing but deception in them': the war within; 5. Out of the house of bondage: a sundering of ties, 1865–6; 6. 'A makeshift kind of life': free women and free homes; 7. 'Wild notions of right and wrong': from home to the streets.

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