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 uncertain.show 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 / large print edition
  • 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 South.show more

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