Keep the days : reading the Civil War diaries of Southern women

TitleKeep the days : reading the Civil War diaries of Southern women
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsStowe, Steve
PublisherUniversity of North Carolina Press
CityChapel Hill, NC
Abstract

Delving into wartime diaries kept by women of the southern slave-owning class, Steven Stowe recaptures their motivations to keep the days close even as war tore apart the brutal system of slavery that had benefited them. In studying the inner lives of these unsympathetic characters, Stowe also explores the importance - and the limits - of historical empathy as a condition for knowing the past