Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: SOUTHERN WOMEN IN THE CIVIL WAR ERA (Women in American History)-Laura F. Edwards

  • Title: Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore: SOUTHERN WOMEN IN THE CIVIL WAR ERA (Women in American History)
  • Author: Laura F. Edwards
  • Released: 2004-07-14
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  • Pages: 288
  • ISBN: 0252072189
  • ISBN13: 978-0252072185
  • ASIN: 0252072189


Review "Edwards has written a new Civil War history, dominated not by causes, battles, and generals and politicians, but by the home front... [Edwards] makes the vital claim that African American and poorer white southerners played as great a role in creating the New South as did the elite of the planter classes... Any future histories approaching this field would surely suffer by ignoring Edwards' groundbreaking work." -- Sarah Gleeson-White, Australasian Journal of American Studies "Writing with admirable clarity and economy ...[Edwards] has given us a book designed to incorporate the lives of southern women into a Civil War-era lecture course... Rather than hewing to any romantic notion of southern sisterhood, Edwards concentrates on revealing the differences among southern women -- of race and class, of ideology, of social mores -- and the conflicts such differences generated." -- Jane Dailey, Journal of American History "A highly original work by a talented scholar. Pinpointing the intersection of political and social history, the effects of public policy on people's daily lives, Edwards presents a fresh and welcome approach to explaining historical change. Her work has important implications beyond the internecine struggles of Reconstruction-era Granville County." -- John David Smith, Atlanta History "This elegantly written and thoughtfully constructed work introduces readers to a range of themes and tensions in the family history and wider social history of the mid-nineteenth-century South... The book succeeds resoundingly in interweaving a variety of life stories with the larger history of the sectional crisis... A highly readable, thoroughly researched, and reasonably nuanced account." -- Bruce Collins, The Historian "The first major work to synthesize the voluminous literature on southern women during the Civil War era." -- Blain Roberts, Southern Historian "Offers a sophisticated analysis of the relationship between public and private, family and society, and the household and the state... An excellent introduction to southern women's history. Those in search of a basic text on southern women's history or of a work on women's experiences to include in a course on Civil War and Reconstruction need look no further than this well-crafted volume." -- Any Jabour, Register of the Kentucky Historical Society "A well-written, basic narrative of the Civil War South from the female perspective, which offers a stimulating and accessible introduction to a thriving area of historical research and debate." -- S-M Grant, The Americas "This is a lively and compelling portrait of southern women during a time of tremendous upheaval. In clear and vivid prose, Laura Edwards demonstrates how these women -- young and old, rich and poor, white and black -- used the resources at their command to become actors, not simply victims, in the unfolding historical drama of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Edwards helps not only to restore women to their proper place in history but also to alter the way in which we think about this crucial period in our nation's past." -- Peter Bardaglio, author of Reconstructing the Household: Families, Sex, and the Law in the Nineteenth-Century South "Scarlett Doesn't Live Here Anymore is an unusual and invaluable book that offers our first synthesis of a vibrant new literature on southern women. Laura Edwards is at the forefront of efforts to broaden the meaning of politics, link the so-called private with the public sphere, and challenge the assumption that southern women remained politically passive-and thus historically uninteresting-until they belatedly followed their northern sisters into the twentieth-century women's movement." Jacquelyn Hall, author of Like a Family: The Making of a Southern Cotton Mill World pdf
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