Mothers of Invention

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

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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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 719 pages
  • 177.8 x 256.54 x 43.18mm | 1,202.01g
  • The University of North Carolina Press
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type edition
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0807866164
  • 9780807866160

Review quote

"A wonderfully researched chronicle of a largely unexamined social elite that enriches the fields of Civil War and women's studies. . . . This is a fine, caring social history that also offers surprising insights into the development of the southern American woman's consciousness."--"Kirkus Reviews"show more

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Exploring privileged Confederate women's wartime experiences, this book 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 more