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Author Broussard, Joyce Linda,
Title Stepping lively in place : the not-married, free women of Civil-War-era Natchez, Mississippi / Joyce Linda Broussard.
Imprint Athens : The University of Georgia Press, [2016]

Author Broussard, Joyce Linda,
Subject Single women -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
Divorced women -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
Widows -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
Women, White -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
African American women -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
Free African Americans -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
Women -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
Sex role -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
Natchez (Miss.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Natchez (Miss.) -- Race relations -- History -- 19th century.
Description 1 online resource (xvi, 338 pages)
Note "A Sarah Mills Hodge Fund publication"--Title page verso.
Summary "Enlivened with profiles and vignettes of some of the remarkable people whose histories inform this study, Stepping Lively in Place shows how single, free women navigated life in a busy slave-encrusted river-port town before, during, and after the Civil War. It examines how single women in one city (including prostitutes, entre-preneurs, and elite plantation ladies) coped with life unencumbered, or unprotected, by husbands. The book pays close attention to the laws affecting Southern gender and sociocultural traditions, focusing especially on how the town's single women maneuvered adroitly but guardedly within the legal arena in which they lived. Joyce Linda Broussard looks at all types of single women--black and white, law-abiding and criminal--including spinsters, widows, divorcees, and abandoned women. She demonstrates the nuanced degrees to which these women understood that the legal, cultural, and social traditions of their place and time could alternately constrain or empower them, often achieving thereby a considerable amount of independence as women"--Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents A note on terminology -- Antebellum Natchez : the place in which they stepped -- Stepping lively amid their shadows : the single white women of antebellum Natchez -- Stepping out on their own : the divorcing women of antebellum Natchez -- Stepping beyond their husbands' graves : the widows of antebellum Natchez -- Stepping lively in place : the Free-Black, not-married women of antebellum Natchez -- Stepping lively at the edge : the disorderly, not-married women of antebellum Natchez -- Stepping through the tumult : not-married women in Confederate and Yankee-occupied Natchez -- Stepping into the breach : the women of postbellum Natchez -- single and married, black and white -- Stepping through the ruins : personal sketches -- Epilogue.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on November 17, 2017).
ISBN 9780820348988 (electronic book)
0820348988 (electronic book)
9780820345499 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
OCLC # 946142521
Additional Format Print version: Broussard, Joyce Linda. Stepping lively in place. Athens : The University of Georgia Press, 2016 9780820345499 (DLC) 2016000131


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