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Writing Women's History: A Tribute to Anne Firor Scott

Elizabeth Anne Payne

Abstract

Anne Firor Scott’s The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830–1930 stirred a keen interest among historians in both the approach and message of her book. Using women’s diaries, letters, and other personal documents, Scott brought to life southern women as wives and mothers, as members of their communities and churches, and as sometimes sassy but rarely passive agents. She brilliantly demonstrated that the familiar dichotomies of the personal versus the public, the private versus the civic, which had dominated traditional scholarship about men, could not be made to fit women’s lives. In ... More

Keywords: women’s diaries, southern women, University of Mississippi, Southern History, American women’s history, Southern Lady, Anne Firor Scott, women’s lives, women’s experiences, early American women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9781617031731
Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031731.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Anne Payne, editor