Civil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism

TitleCivil Wars: Women and the Crisis of Southern Nationalism
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsRable, George C.
Number of Pages416
PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
CityUrbana, IL

Born into a male-dominated society, Southern women often chose to support patriarchy and their own celebrated roles as mothers, wives, and guardians of the home and humane values. George C. Rable uncovers the details of how women fit into the South's complex social order and how Southern social assumptions shaped their attitudes toward themselves, their families, and society as a whole. He reveals a bafflingly intricate social order and the ways the South's surprisingly diverse women shaped their own lives and minds despite strict boundaries. Paying particular attention to women during the Civil War, Roble illuminates their thoughts on the conflict and the threats and challenges they faced and looks at their place in both the economy and politics of the Confederacy. He also ranges back to the Antebellum era and forward to postwar South, when women quickly acquiesced to the old patriarchal system, but nonetheless lived lives changed forever by the war.

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