By Victoria E. Ott
Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age through the Civil War explores gender, age, and accomplice identification by way of analyzing the lives of juvenile daughters of Southern slaveholding, secessionist households. those younger women clung tenaciously to the gender beliefs that upheld marriage and motherhood because the success of girl accountability and to the racial order of the slaveholding South, an establishment that outlined their prestige and afforded them fabric privileges. writer Victoria E. Ott discusses how the loyalty of younger Southern girls to the fledgling kingdom, born out of a conservative circulate to maintain the established order, introduced them into new parts of labor, new forms of civic activism, and new rituals of courtship throughout the Civil War.
Social norms for daughters of the elite, their instruction for his or her roles as Southern ladies, and their fabric and emotional connections to the slaveholding type replaced enormously in the course of the Civil battle. whilst modifications among the North and South proved irreconcilable, Southern daughters confirmed striking company in looking to safeguard their futures as other halves, moms, and slaveholders.
From a place of younger womanhood and privilege, they threw their aid in the back of the move to create a accomplice id, which used to be in flip formed by means of their participation within the secession circulation and the warfare attempt. Their political engagement is clear from their wisdom of army battles, and was once expressed via their garments, social actions, relationships with friends, and interactions with Union soldiers.
Confederate Daughters additionally unearths how those younger ladies, which will maintain their households during the warfare, adjusted to new family tasks, confronting the lack of slaves and different monetary hardships by means of looking paid paintings outdoors their homes.
Drawing on their own and released reminiscences of the battle, slavery, and the outdated South, Ott argues that younger ladies created a special lady id diverse from that of older Southern ladies, the accomplice bellehood. This transformative girl identification used to be a big element of the misplaced reason mythology—the model of the clash that occupied with Southern nationalism—and bridged the cultural hole among the antebellum and postbellum periods.
Augmented by way of twelve illustrations, this e-book deals a generational figuring out of the transitional nature of wartime and its results on women’s self-perceptions. Confederate Daughters identifies the reviews of those teenage daughters as creating a major contribution to the hot girl within the New South.
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Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War by Victoria E. Ott