The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South

The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South

By: Catherine Clinton

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This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, Clinton sets before us in vivid detail the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master. 331 pages, indexed.


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This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, Clinton sets before us in vivid detail the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master.

"The Plantation Mistress challenges and reinterprets a host of issues related to the Old South. The result is a book that forces us to rethink some of our basic assumptions about two peculiar institutions -- the slave plantation and the nineteenth-century family. It approaches a familiar subject from a new angle, and as a result, permanently alters our understanding of the Old South and women's place in it.

Title: The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South

Author Name: Catherine Clinton

Categories: Civil War, Free Shipping MEDIA MAIL ONLY, Women, South, Slaves,

Publisher: PANTHEON:

ISBN Number: 0394722531

ISBN Number 13: 9780394722535

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Good

Type: Paperback

lbs: 1.00 lbs

Seller ID: mcr1784

Keywords: Women's studies, women, plantations, South, Old South, Civil War, slavery, slaves, slave owners, free shipping /,