Mothers of Invention
Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War
ISBN10: 0807855731 ISBN13: 9780807855737 Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Pr Published: Oct 1 2004 Pages: 326 Weight: 1.10lbs. Height: 9.25" Width: 6.00" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
When Confederate men marched off to battle, southern women struggled with the new responsibilities of directing farms and plantations, providing for families, and supervising increasingly restive slaves. Drew Faust offers a compelling picture of the more than half-million women who belonged to the slaveholding families of the Confederacy during this period of acute crisis, when every part of these women's lives became vexed and uncertain. Faust chronicles the clash of the old and the new within a group that was at once the beneficiary and the victim of the social order of the Old South.