Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War

TitleMothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsFaust, Drew Gilpin
Number of Pages326
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press
City, CountryChapel Hill
Abstract

When Confederate men marched off to battle, white women across the South confronted unaccustomed and unsought responsibilities: directing farms and plantations, providing for families, and supervising increasingly restive enslaved people. As southern women struggled "to do a man's business," they found themselves compelled to reconsider their most fundamental assumptions about their identities and about the larger meaning of womanhood. Drew Faust offers a compelling picture of the more than half-million women who belonged to the slaveholding families of the Confederacy during this period of acute crisis. [UNC Chapel Hill]

Short TitleMothers of Invention
Reprint Edition2004; 2007; 2010
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