Gender, Race and Family in Nineteenth Century America: from Northern Woman to Plantation Mistress (BOK)

Rebecca Fraser

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Born to a privileged middle-class family in 1830s New York State, Sarah Hicks' decision to marry Benjamin Williams, a physician and slaveholder from Greene County, North Carolina, in 1853, was met with slight amazement by her parents, siblings and friends, not least her brother-in-law, James Monroe Brown, a committed anti-slavery campaigner from Ohio. This book traces Sarah's journey as she relocates to Clifton Grove, the Williams' slaveholding plantation, presenting her with complex dilemmas as she reconciled the everyday realities of plantation mistress to the gender script which she had been raised with in the North. She also faced familial divisions and disharmony with her northern kin and new southern in-laws, and the recognition that her whiteness and class accorded her special privileges in the context of mid-nineteenth century America.


Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2012 Forfatter Rebecca Fraser
ISBN 9780230300705
Antall sider 240 Dimensjoner 14,4cm x 22,4cm x 1,5cm
Vekt 397 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Biography: historical, political & military, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900, Slavery & abolition of slavery