Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South / Edition 1

Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South / Edition 1

by Elizabeth Fox-Genovese
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ISBN-10:
080784232X
ISBN-13:
9780807842324
Pub. Date:
12/09/1988
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
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Overview

Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South / Edition 1

Documenting the difficult class relations between women slaveholders and slave women, this study shows how class and race as well as gender shaped women's experiences and determined their identities. Drawing upon massive research in diaries, letters, memoirs, and oral histories, the author argues that the lives of antebellum southern women, enslaved and free, differed fundamentally from those of northern women and that it is not possible to understand antebellum southern women by applying models derived from New England sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807842324
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 12/09/1988
Series: Gender and American Culture Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 563
Sales rank: 569,299
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.51(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Prologue1
Chapter 1Southern Women, Southern Households37
Chapter 2The View from the Big House100
Chapter 3Between Big House and Slave Community146
Chapter 4Gender Conventions192
Chapter 5The Imaginative Worlds of Slaveholding Women: Louisa Susanna McCord and Her Countrywomen242
Chapter 6Women Who Opposed Slavery290
Chapter 7And Women Who Did Not334
Epilogue372
Notes397
Bibliography463
Index531

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Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. I thought the novel, Within the Plantation Household: Black and White Women of the Old South, was very interesting. It was very long and sometimes hard to read. It occasionally became hard to focus because it jumped around a lot. The author would jump from topic to topic very quickly in a chapter; this made it confusing to read. Though, I enjoyed the way the book compared the lives of white slaveholding women to black slave women. The book provided me with a lot of knowledge of these two groups’. I really enjoyed learning about their lives during the antebellum time period, as well. I like how the book had a prologue and epilogue of a southern woman’s, Sarah Gayle’s, story, it was very interesting. This booked helped me answer many of the questions involved with my project. Although, I wish the book was shorter. The farther I got into the book the more I wanted it to end because it was so long. I feel if the chapters were shorter the book would be more interesting to read. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about southern slaveholding and slave women and also have lots of time on their hands. I enjoyed this book; it was very interesting but long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. I thought this book was very interesting. It was very long and sometimes hard to read. It occasionally became hard to focus because it jumped around a lot. The author would jump from topic to topic very quickly in a chapter; this made it confusing to read. Though, I enjoyed the way the book compared the lives of white slaveholding women to black slave women. The book provided me with a lot of knowledge of these two groups’ lives. I really enjoyed learning about their lives during the old south, as well. I like how the book had a prologue and epilogue of a southern woman’s story, it was very interesting. This booked helped me answer many of my questions that were involved with my project. Although, I wish the book was shorter. The farther I got into the book the more I wanted it to end because it was so long. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about southern slaveholding and slave women and also have lots of time on their hands. I enjoyed this book, it was very interesting but long.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore and I chose to read this book for my project. I thought this book was very interesting. It was very long and sometimes hard to read. It occasionally became hard to focus because it jumped around a lot. The author would jump from topic to topic very quickly; this made it confusing to read. Though, I enjoyed the way the book compared the lives of white slaveholding women to black slave women. I really enjoyed learning about their lives during the old south. I like how the book had a prologue and epilogue of a southern woman’s story, it was very interesting. I also wish the book was shorter. The farther I got into the book the more I wanted it to end because it was so long. I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning about southern slaveholding and slave women and have lots of time on their hands. I enjoyed this book. It was very interesting but long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An excellent work that I personally could not put down. I found it very helpful when writing my novel When We Do Meet Again. Tells the truth about how it was to be the 'mistress' of a Southern plantation. We need more books like this one. If you read HERSTORY books, you need to add this one to your library!!!!!