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Author Clinton, Catherine, 1952-

Title The plantation mistress : woman's world in the old South / Catherine Clinton.

Publication Info. New York : Pantheon Books, [1982]


Location Call No. Status
 Avon Free Public Library - Adult Department  305.4 CLINTON    Check Shelf
 East Hartford, Raymond Library - Adult Department  305.5 C c.2  Check Shelf
 South Windsor Public Library - Non Fiction  305.567 CLINTON    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description xix, 331 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [295]-323.
Note Includes index.
Contents Hidden lives -- Women in the land of cotton -- Slave of slaves -- Circle of kin -- The day to fix my fate -- The moral bind -- The fallen woman -- Equally their due -- Precious and precarious in body and soul -- Every woman was an island -- The curse of slavery -- The sexual dynamics of slavery -- Foucalt meets mandingo.
Summary This study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers a serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War. Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, the author sets before us the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master.
Form Also issued online.
Subject Plantation owners' spouses -- Southern States.
Women plantation owners -- Southern States.
Slaveholders -- Southern States.
Southern States -- Social life and customs -- 1775-1865.
Patriarchy -- Southern States.
Other Form: Online version: Clinton, Catherine, 1952- Plantation mistress. 1st ed. New York : Pantheon Books, c1982 (OCoLC)644869811
ISBN 0394516869
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