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Writing Women's HistoryA Tribute to Anne Firor Scott$
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Elizabeth Anne Payne

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031731

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031731.001.0001

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Down from the Pedestal: The Influence of Anne Scott’s Southern Ladies

Down from the Pedestal: The Influence of Anne Scott’s Southern Ladies

(p.28) Down from the Pedestal: The Influence of Anne Scott’s Southern Ladies
Writing Women's History

Laura F. Edwards

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that southern women participated more actively in the slave South’s public culture than we have realized and that those experiences are crucial in understanding changes in women’s roles after the Civil War. The chapter tells the story of women—not just plantation mistresses but also enslaved women, free black women, and white women of poor to modest means—who were constrained, but not immobilized, by the patriarchal order. These women were crucial in creating and regulating social relationships and customary norms that were central in governing the public order in the antebellum period.

Keywords:   Anne Firor Scott, southern women, public culture, American South, women’s role, public order, white women, black women

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