Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age during the Civil War by Victoria E. Ott

By Victoria E. Ott

Confederate Daughters: Coming of Age through the Civil War explores gender, age, and accomplice identification via interpreting the lives of stripling daughters of Southern slaveholding, secessionist households. those younger women clung tenaciously to the gender beliefs that upheld marriage and motherhood because the achievement 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 ladies to the fledgling kingdom, born out of a conservative circulation to maintain the established order, introduced them into new components of labor, new kinds of civic activism, and new rituals of courtship in the course of 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 warfare. whilst transformations among the North and South proved irreconcilable, Southern daughters validated notable company in trying to defend their futures as other halves, moms, and slaveholders.

From a place of younger womanhood and privilege, they threw their help in the back of the stream to create a accomplice id, which used to be in flip formed by way of their participation within the secession circulation and the struggle attempt. Their political engagement is clear from their wisdom of army battles, and used to be expressed via their garments, social actions, relationships with friends, and interactions with Union soldiers.

Confederate Daughters additionally unearths how those younger ladies, in order to maintain their households in the course of the struggle, adjusted to new family tasks, confronting the lack of slaves and different monetary hardships through looking paid paintings open air their homes.

Drawing on their own and released memories of the struggle, slavery, and the outdated South, Ott argues that younger ladies created a different lady id assorted from that of older Southern ladies, the accomplice bellehood. This transformative girl id used to be an enormous element of the misplaced reason mythology—the model of the clash that interested by Southern nationalism—and bridged the cultural hole among the antebellum and postbellum periods.

Augmented through twelve illustrations, this e-book bargains a generational knowing 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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