Pantheon Books,Pp. Clinton begins her argument by describing women as economic commodities, shipped from their homes in the Old World and married off against their will. I believe there is enough evidence in Southern studies to refute this point. In this area she goes overboard.
Some of them did not appeared bothered by the disdain for being not chosen. Men were held somewhat responsible for these acts if they had seduced a young girl placed under their care, but more frequently, women were blamed and abandoned by their families and society, particularly if an illegitimate birth occurred.
The issue of sexual scandal is addressed. The Negroes, in contrast, shared a common background going back to roots in Africa, their daily work, and a local subculture with fellow slaves.
So far more children were left without a mother than those who experienced loss of a father. In addition, she was the maker of soap, curer of hams a process which, incidentally, occupied the whole month of Decemberpreserver of morals and religion, nurse of the sick, and teacher of her own children and the slaves.
Because eventually the last Mistress Laura left the plantation for New Orleans life, and refused her inheritance just because of the isolation and responsibility it required.
Clinton tries to make the argument that men rarely had anything to do with their children from birth until adulthood and after this point, only the males. I believe she is making a huge leap in comparing the experiences of white women and slaves. And detailing for the levels of physical work!
The chapter that included the "oppression" that these women felt- was truly interesting. Other duties included preserving food and taking charge of the storeroom, doling out daily supplies for the main house as well as to each slave family on the property; and providing winter and summer clothing for everyone, white and black, sometimes even down to supervising the weaving and knitting.
She appears to make excuses for women beating their slaves, especially their female slaves whom they often abused because of the affairs between the slave and the planter husband. IMHO, that had to require some acting skills.
And felt themselves as just a little different. Ample quotations from the women themselves give first-person voices to the text. February 11, By Sonia W. Up to this point in the book, Clinton creates an image of Southern women as helpless victims, entirely void of any agency, having absolutely no control or say so in their lives and the directions they took.
She married into the city eventually and purposely toward a life lived mostly in France. Statistics drawn from her systematic study are found in the several appendixes. Some of these women Clinton writes about were spinsters, despite the title. Religion, role in providing medicine and food, and the isolation in regard to mobility not allowed to travel without a chaperon and where do you find these?
She does succeed in exposing the romanticized character of the unfaithful white mistress by showing that promiscuity was simply not part of the accepted code of the Southern woman. Fortunately, she does move on to present a more complete image of the plantation mistress and offers a more fair assessment of the South in general.
Chapter headings range from topics like the closeness of kin, loneliness, marital relationships, and the moral issues of slavery to the sexual dynamics of slavery, in which the plantation master was lord over all. Her study centers on the elite women who lived on plantations owning twenty or more slaves and their life experiences.
Despite laws prohibiting a woman from owning slaves and the lack of adequate education, responsibility for running the entire plantation often fell on her shoulders in the absence of her husband.
From this point, Clinton jumps back to the marriage practices of the Old South. And this could also occur without her husband providing large sums or any sums of income to supplement any shortages. Women felt so isolated, they often became addicted to laudanum so they would not have to experience the tremendous pain brought upon them by their everyday lives.
She makes a valid point in that women of all classes experienced forms of oppression within the patriarchal society of the South, but as historians seem to have a habit of doing, she goes too far in trying to prove her thesis.ultimedescente.com: The Plantation Mistress: Woman's World in the Old South () by Catherine Clinton and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books available now at great prices/5().
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