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Out of the house of bondage : the transformation of the plantation household / Thavolia Glymph.

By: Glymph, Thavolia, 1951-.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008Description: xiii, 279 p. ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780521879019 (hbk.); 0521879019 (hbk.); 9780521703987 (pbk.); 0521703980 (pbk.).Subject(s): Plantation life -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Women slaves -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century | African American women -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Plantation owners' spouses -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Women, White -- Southern States -- Social conditions -- 19th century | Social distance -- History -- 19th century | Households -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Patriarchy -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century | Southern States -- Social life and customs -- 1775-1865 | Southern States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 307.72082/097509034 Other classification: NW 8295
Contents:
Gender of violence -- "Beyond the limits of decency": women in slavery -- Making "better girls": mistresses, slave women, and the claims of domesticity -- "Nothing but deception in them": the war within -- Out of the house of bondage: a sundering of ties, 1865-1866 -- "Makeshift kind of life": free women and free homes -- "Wild notions of right and wrong": from the plantation household to the wilder world.
Summary: Glymph challenges popular depictions of mistresses as 'friends' and 'allies' of slaves in the plantation household.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-263) and index.

Gender of violence -- "Beyond the limits of decency": women in slavery -- Making "better girls": mistresses, slave women, and the claims of domesticity -- "Nothing but deception in them": the war within -- Out of the house of bondage: a sundering of ties, 1865-1866 -- "Makeshift kind of life": free women and free homes -- "Wild notions of right and wrong": from the plantation household to the wilder world.

Glymph challenges popular depictions of mistresses as 'friends' and 'allies' of slaves in the plantation household.

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The transition from slavery to freedom is receiving considerable attention. Insights have helped explain economic developments, cultural transformation, and the social dynamics of the postwar South. With revelations about the treatment of domestic slaves by plantation mistresses and equal insight into the work patterns of the household, this book focuses on a neglected aspect of that history. Beginning with the observation that domestic slaves both defined and worked with a task system for household chores, Glymph (Duke) outlines the ways in which the task system ushered in rebellions against slavery, even before the war. In the postwar atmosphere, the value of a task became a negotiating point that significantly rearranged the power relationships between plantation mistress and former slave. The assertion of economic and social value on the part of former slaves had many expressions, from insistence on family time to dramatic changes in dress, and contributed significantly to shaping the postwar domestic economy. Based on an extensive reading of primary and secondary sources, this book is a significant contribution to the history of women, African Americans, and the larger social and economic transformation of the mid-19th century. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. T. F. Armstrong Louisiana State University at Alexandria

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