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 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 more

Product details

  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 147.3 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 476.28g
  • The University of North Carolina Press
  • Chapel Hill, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • 1st New edition
  • 0807855731
  • 9780807855737
  • 929,070

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

About Drew Gilpin Faust

Drew Gilpin Faust is president of Harvard University. Her books includeSouthern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War and The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil War more

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