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The Plantation Mistress (1982)

by Catherine Clinton

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An interesting view of the strength of women in the south. ( )
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But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are no so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.

--George Eliot, Middlemarch
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This book is dedicated to
Claudene Clinton
Bobbie Simms
Barbara Levy Uhlmann
with appreciation
for their love,
and inspiration,
which made this volume possible.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0394722531, Paperback)

This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first 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, Clinton sets before us in vivid detail the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master.

"The Plantation Mistress challenges and reinterprets a host of issues related to the Old South. The result is a book that forces us to rethink some of our basic assumptions about two peculiar institutions -- the slave plantation and the nineteenth-century family. It approaches a familiar subject from a new angle, and as a result, permanently alters our understanding of the Old South and women's place in it.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:05:52 -0400)

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