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The plantation mistress : woman's world in the old South / Catherine Clinton.

By: Clinton, Catherine, 1952-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1982Edition: 1st ed.Description: xix, 331 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0394516869; 9780394516868; 0394722531; 9780394722535.Subject(s): Plantation owners' spouses -- Southern States | Women plantation owners -- Southern States | Slaveholders -- Southern States | Southern States -- Social life and customs -- 1775-1865 | Patriarchy -- Southern States | Patriarchy Southern States | Plantation owners' spouses Southern States | Slaveholders Southern States | Southern States Social life and customs 1775-1865 | Women plantation owners Southern StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Plantation mistress.DDC classification: 305.4/2/0975 | 305.5/67 Other classification: 15.85 Also issued online.
Contents:
Hidden lives -- Women in the land of cotton -- Slave of slaves -- Circle of kin -- The day to fix my fate -- The moral bind -- The fallen woman -- Equally their due -- Precious and precarious in body and soul -- Every woman was an island -- The curse of slavery -- The sexual dynamics of slavery -- Foucalt meets mandingo.
Summary: This study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers a serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, the author sets before us the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master.
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Book University of Texas At Tyler
Stacks - 3rd Floor
HQ1438 .A13 C58 1982 (Browse shelf) Available 0000001722081

Bibliography: p. [295]-323.

Includes index.

Hidden lives -- Women in the land of cotton -- Slave of slaves -- Circle of kin -- The day to fix my fate -- The moral bind -- The fallen woman -- Equally their due -- Precious and precarious in body and soul -- Every woman was an island -- The curse of slavery -- The sexual dynamics of slavery -- Foucalt meets mandingo.

This study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers a serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, the author sets before us the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master.

Also issued online.

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