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The Free Women of Petersburg Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860 : Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860 - Suzanne Lebsock

The Free Women of Petersburg Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860

Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860

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Focusing on Petersburg, Virginia, Professor Lebsock is able to demonstrate and explain how the status of women could change for the better in an antifeminist environment. She weaves the experiences of individual women together with general social trends, to show, for example, how women's lives were changing in response to the economy and the institutions of property ownership and slavery.

By looking at what the Petersburg women did and thought and comparing their behavior with that of men, Lebsock discovers that they placed high value on economic security, on the personal, on the religious, and on the interests of other women. In a society committed to materialism, male dominance, and the maintenance of slavery, their influence was subversive. They operated from an alternative value system, indeed a distinct female culture.

"This is one of those rare books which breaks new ground. Southern urban women, black and white, in the antebellum years were different from their plantation counterparts, but Suzanne Lebsock is the first historian to find a way to examine their life experience in illuminating detail." -- Anne Firor Scott, Duke University

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xiii
Petersburg The Settingp. 1
The Political Economy Of Marriagep. 15
Loopholes Separate Estatesp. 54
Free Women Of Colorp. 87
Women Alone Property And Personalismp. 112
Women Workingp. 146
Women Together Organizationsp. 195
Epilogu e On Feminism, Slavery And The Experience of Defeatp. 237
An Essay On Sourcesp. 250
Notesp. 261
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780393952643
ISBN-10: 0393952649
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 17th August 1985
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.8 x 13.89  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1