Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War

Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War

Paperback Fred W. Morrison Series in Southern Studies

By (author) Drew Gilpin Faust

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  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Format: Paperback | 326 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 229mm x 23mm | 476g
  • Publication date: 25 October 2004
  • Publication City/Country: Chapel Hill
  • ISBN 10: 0807855731
  • ISBN 13: 9780807855737
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 758,078

Product description

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 compellilng 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 beneficiary and victim of the social order of the Old South.

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Author information

Drew Gilpin Faust is Lincoln Professor of History and Dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Her books include Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War and The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil War South.

Review quote

"A remarkable portrait of upper-class Confederate women's wartime experience." - New York Review of Books"