Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era

TitleScarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: Southern Women in the Civil War Era
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2000
AuthorsEdwards, Laura F.
Number of Pages271
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
CityUrbana
Abstract

This volume is a history of the South in the years leading up to and following the Civil War: a history that focuses on the women, black and white, rich and poor, who made up the fabric of southern life before the war and remade themselves and their world after it. Positing the household as the central institution of southern society, the author delineates the inseparable links between domestic relations and civil and political rights in ways that highlight women's active political role throughout the nineteenth century. She draws on diaries, letters, newspaper accounts, government records, legal documents, court proceedings, and other primary sources to explore the experiences and actions of individual women in the changing South, demonstrating how family, kin, personal reputation, and social context all merged with gender, race, and class to shape what particular women could do in particular circumstances. Through portraits of slaves, free blacks, common whites, and the white elite, the author shows how women's domestic situations determined their lives before the war and their responses to secession and armed conflict. She also documents how women of various classes entered into the process of rebuilding, asserting new rights and exploring new roles after the war.

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