The Free Women of Petersburg
Status and Culture in a Southern Town, 1784-1860
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ISBN10: 0393952649 ISBN13: 9780393952643 Publisher: W W Norton & Co Inc Published: Oct 1 1985 Weight: 0.95lbs. Height: 8.25" Width: 5.50" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
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.