Stepping Lively in Place: The Not-Married, Free Women of Civil-War-Era Natchez, Mississippi.

TitleStepping Lively in Place: The Not-Married, Free Women of Civil-War-Era Natchez, Mississippi.
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBroussard, Joyce Linda
Number of Pages338
PublisherThe University of Georgia Press
CityAthens, GA
Abstract

Joyce Linda Broussard looks at all types of free, single women-black and white, law-abiding and criminal-including spinsters, widows, divorcees, and abandoned women. She demonstrates the nuanced degrees to which these women understood that the legal, cultural, and social traditions of their place and time could alternately constrain or empower them, often achieving thereby a considerable amount of independence as women. Before the Civil War, says Broussard, the town's patriarchal community tolerated (often reluctantly) even the most independent-minded (and often disorderly) free, single women-as long as their behavior left unchallenged the institutions of white male mastery, slavery, and marriage. She explores the impact of the Civil War and Reconstruction on the town's single women, especially when thousands of formerly enslaved women and new widows swelled their ranks. With slavery dead and male authority undermined, Broussard demonstrates how the not-married women of postbellum Natchez confronted a world turned inside out with a determinedly resolute dexterity. [UNC Chapel Hill]

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Short TitleJournal of American History
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