Women, Work and Family in the Antebellum Mountain South
By (author) Wilma A. Dunaway
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Women, Work and Family in the Antebellum Mountain South by Wilma A. Dunaway
Book DescriptionWilma Dunaway breaks new ground to examine the race, class, and ethnic differences among antebellum Southern Appalachian women. Most women defied separate spheres of gender conventions to undertake agricultural and non-agricultural labors that were essential to family survival or community well-being. Unlike elite and middle-class females, Cherokee, black, and poor white women engaged in stigmatized labors and worked alongside males in cross-racial settings. To support their work portfolios, non-white and most poor white women constructed non-patriarchal families that challenged cultural ideals of motherhood. Churches and courts inequitably regulated the sexual behaviors of these women and treated their households as aberrations that were not entitled to the legal privilege of family sanctity. Legal and religious officials sanctioned family break-ups and the removal, indenturement, or enslavement of their children. Still, many women resisted patriarchal conventions through their work lives, family roles, and group activism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521886192
(234mm x 156mm x 21mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Wilma A. Dunaway
Slavery in the American Mountain South, Hardback (May 2003)
This book focuses on slave experiences on small plantations in the American Upper South.
African-American Family in Slavery and Emancipation, Paperback (April 2003)» View all books by Wilma A. Dunaway
This book calls into question the dominant paradigm of the US slave family.
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Author Biography - Wilma A. Dunaway
Wilma A. Dunaway was born into an interracial family in east Tennessee in 1944. For more than two decades, she worked in civil rights and public services organizations in the Appalachian region. At present, she is an Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Dunaway is a specialist in international slavery studies, Native American studies, Appalachian studies, and world-system analysis. Her dissertation about the incorporation of Southern Appalachia into the capitalist world economy was awarded a Wilson Fellowship and the Distinguished Dissertation Award from the American Sociological Association. She has won several awards for her previous three works on Appalachia and slavery, including two Weatherford Awards. Her interdisciplinary work has appeared in numerous history and social science journals.
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