The power of femininity in the New South : women's organizations and politics in North Carolina, 1880-1930 / Anastatia Sims.
By: Sims, Anastatia.Material type: BookPublisher: Columbia, S.C. : University of South Carolina Press, c1997Description: xiv, 286 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 1570031789 (cloth); 9781570031786 (cloth).Subject(s): Women -- North Carolina -- Societies and clubs -- History | Women -- Political activity -- North Carolina -- History | Women social reformers -- North Carolina -- HistoryDDC classification: 305.4/06/0756
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Includes bibliographical references (p. -276) and index.
"The foundation for a sisterhood": origins of women's activism -- "The sword of the spirit": crusades for temperance and moral reform -- "A power for good": the progressive impulse -- "Handmaidens of history": female patriots and the search for a usable past -- "The many public duties": woman suffrage and white supremacy.
The Power of Femininity in the New South demonstrates how the legendary strength and moral authority of the South's "steel magnolias" inspired turn-of-the-century women to move from the parlor to the political arena. With a comprehensive examination of the women's voluntary associations that proliferated in North Carolina between 1880 and 1930, Anastatia Sims chronicles the emergence of women - both black and white - in a political terrain torn between the tyranny of white supremacy and the promise of Progressive reform.
She tells how organized women, as they called themselves, came to terms with a sacred cultural icon of the antebellum South - the complex, often contradictory ideal of southern femininity - and how they explored the ideal's possibilities, discovered its limitations, and ultimately transformed it by their own actions.