Southern Women Black and White in the Old South

ISBN-10: 0882959638

ISBN-13: 9780882959634

Edition: 2nd 2002

Authors: Sally G. McMillen, John Hope Franklin, Abraham S. Eisenstadt

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McMillen summarises the latest thinking about the lives of women in the South, both white and black, elite and ordinary. One of the best features of the book is the author's ability to weave the lives of all these women together in the same chapters. The excellent introduction is followed by four chapters on Family Life and Marriage, Reproduction and Childrearing, Social Concerns: Education and Religion, and Women at Work. McMillen points out that many myths still surround antebellum Southern women. They were much more complicated people than the women portrayed in many novels and histories. Of course, they cannot be lumped into one group as they differed according to time, region, race, and class, but all were influenced by living in a rural, agricultural, slave society. In this society women were supposed to be submissive and hardworking and devoted to the family and home; each person had a place and women were supposed to know theirs.
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List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/16/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

The son of an attorney who practiced before the U.S. Supreme Court, John Hope Franklin was born in Rentiesville, Oklahoma on January 2, 1915. He received a B. A. from Fisk University in 1935 and a master's degree in 1936 and a Ph.D. in 1941 from Harvard University. During his career in education, he taught at a numerous institutions including Brooklyn College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and Duke University. He also had teaching stints in Australia, China, and Zimbabwe. He has written numerous scholarly works including The Militant South, 1800-1861 (1956); Reconstruction After the Civil War (1961); The Emancipation Proclamation (1963); and The Color Line: Legacy for the 21st Century (1993). His comprehensive history From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African-Americans (1947) is generally acknowledged to be the basic survey of African American history. He received numerous awards during his lifetime including the Medal of Freedom in 1995 and the John W. Kluge Prize for the Study of Humanities in 2006. He worked with Thurgood Marshall's team of lawyers in their effort to end segregation in the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education and participated in the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He was president of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Studies Association. He was also a founding member of the Black Academy of Arts and served on the U.S. Commission for UNESCO and the Committee on International Exchange of Scholars. He died of congestive heart failure on March 25, 2009 at the age of 94.

INTRODUCTION: An Overview of the South and Southern Women
Family Life and Marriage
Courtship and Marriage
Miscegenation and Sexuality
Black Women and Marriage
White Women and Marriage
Laws and Marriage
Reproduction and Childrearing
Motherhood and Childrearing
Social Concerns: Education and Religion
The School Experience
Education for the Less Privileged
White Women and Religion
Women’s Benevolence
Black Women and Religion
Women and Work
The Meaning of Southern Women’s Work
Slave Labor
Slave Protest
White Women and Work
Work on the Frontier
Paid Employment
Nontraditional Roles
Interracial and Class Relationships
Those Who Questioned Slavery
Southern Women and the Confederacy
Elite White Women
Slave and Free Black Women
Yeoman and Poor Farmwives
Coping Skills and Union Supporters
End of War
Bibliographical Essay
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