Mothers of Invention

Mothers of Invention

Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War

eBook - 1996
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This study offers an insight into the lives of the women who belonged to the slaveholding families of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. It describes how they had to direct farms and plantations, provide for families and supervise increasingly restive slaves.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1996
ISBN: 9780807863329
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 326 pages) : illustrations


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robhoma Aug 23, 2014

From the old maxim that 'Necessity is the mother of invention' came a book outlining the effect of that maxim on the lives of upper-class and middle-class women of the South during the Civil War.

The Southern plantation society based on patriarchy changed because the Civil War separated most men from the plantations. Southern women, previously considered responsibilities of the male plantation owner, took on responsibilities that they neither asked for or where trained to do.

While this book was interesting at times, it also bogged down into the splitting of philosophical hairs.

Jul 28, 2013

A scholarly but readable look at how the experiences of the Civil War changed the self-concepts of elite Southern women. An interesting read for anyone who wants to take their exploration of the Civil War beyond the battlefield.

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