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Author Molloy, Marie S.,
Title Single, white, slaveholding women in the nineteenth-century American South / Marie S. Molloy.
Imprint Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2018]

Author Molloy, Marie S.,
Subject Single women -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Slaveholders -- Southern States -- History -- 19th century.
Southern States -- History -- 1775-1865.
Southern States -- History -- 1865-1877.
Description 1 online resource (x, 228 pages)
Summary "Single, White, Slaveholding Women in the Nineteenth-Century American South investigates the lives of unmarried white women--from the pre- to the post-Civil War South--within a society that placed high value on women's marriage and motherhood. Marie S. Molloy examines female singleness to incorporate nonmarriage, widowhood, separation, and divorce. These single women were not subject to the laws and customs of coverture, in which females were covered by or subject to the governance of fathers, brothers, and husbands, and therefore lived with greater autonomy than married women. Molloy contends that the Civil War proved a catalyst for accelerating personal, social, economic, and legal changes for these women. Being a single woman during this time often meant living a creative and nuanced life, operating within a tight framework of traditional gender conventions while managing subtle changes that worked to their advantage. Singleness was often a route to autonomy and independence that over time expanded and reshaped traditional ideals of Southern womanhood"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The construction of femininity in the antebellum South -- Single women and the southern family -- Work -- Female friendship -- Law, property, and the single woman.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on July 03, 2018).
ISBN 9781611178715 (electronic bk.)
1611178711 (electronic bk.)
9781611178708 (hardcover)
OCLC # 1028581574
Additional Format Print version: Molloy, Marie S. Single, white, slaveholding women in the nineteenth-century American South. Columbia, South Carolina : The University of South Carolina Press, [2018] 9781611178708 (DLC) 2018006575.

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