- Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
- Format: Paperback | 719 pages
- Dimensions: 178mm x 257mm x 43mm | 1,202g
- Publication date: 1 February 2010
- Publication City/Country: Chapel Hill
- ISBN 10: 0807866164
- ISBN 13: 9780807866160
- Edition: Large type / large print
- Edition statement: Large type edition
- Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
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.
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"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"
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 South.