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Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slave-Holding South in the American Civil War By Drew Gilpin Faust,

  • Title: Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slave-Holding South in the American Civil War
  • Author: Drew Gilpin Faust
  • ISBN: 9780679781042
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • A New York Times Notable Book of the YearWinner of the Francis Parkman PrizeWinner of the Avery Craven PrizeIn the ante bellum South, women from elite slaveholding families were raised to consider themselves not so much as women but as ladies, models of dependent femininity But that ideal was to prove impossible to maintain during the social upheaval of the Civil War,A New York Times Notable Book of the YearWinner of the Francis Parkman PrizeWinner of the Avery Craven PrizeIn the ante bellum South, women from elite slaveholding families were raised to consider themselves not so much as women but as ladies, models of dependent femininity But that ideal was to prove impossible to maintain during the social upheaval of the Civil War, when they found themselves suddenly assuming unaccustomed roles as workers, protectors, and providers Through the use of hundreds of moving and eloquent letters, memoirs, and diary excerpts, Drew Gilpin Faust, one of the foremost historians of the American South, illuminates the lives of a wide array of Confederate women from Lizzie Neblett, a housewife facing a life of physical labor for the first time, to Sallie Tompkins, a Virginia aristocrat turned military nurse, to Belle Boyd, a ruthless teenaged spy An intensely personal work of scholarship, Mothers of Invention gives voice to the hitherto silent half of the Confederacy s ruling class and explains how its ethos continues to influence the lives of Southern women even today A dramatically revealing study Faust looks directly at the past, with a daughter s hard, steady gaze, and with a daughter s generous heart New York Times Book Review
    Mothers of Invention Women of the Slave Holding South in the American Civil War A New York Times Notable Book of the YearWinner of the Francis Parkman PrizeWinner of the Avery Craven PrizeIn the ante bellum South women from elite slaveholding families were raised to consider the

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    1. In her study, Faust focuses narrowly on women from the slave holding stratum of Southern society, the elite, during the American Civil War Her point of view is the way in which these women pre and post war viewed themselves, and the consequences of changes in those views brought on by the war return return Pre war, elite Southern women defined themselves, not as women, but asladies , which involved definite and rigid preconceptions of race, class, and gender White was superior to black, the uppe [...]

    2. This book, written by Harvard s first female president, offers a historical survey of elite Southern women during the Civil War as read through their letters, diaries, citywide decrees, women s societies, and a variety of other popular and legal sources The portrait is not flattering Faust debunks the myth that many white Southern women centralized production in their homes war home factories , that they successfully made their own products i.e especially cloth , that they managed their plantati [...]

    3. I first heard of this book when the author, the first female president of Harvard University, was interviewed on Freakonomics Radio Originally from the South, she was raised with the expectation to be a lady She completely defied it by doing the unladylike thing of raising farm animals alongside her brothers She sounded like another Nelle Harper Lee, except she chose academia instead of novel writing Her book examines the lives of an earlier set of Southern ladies the generation of white women w [...]

    4. Very clearly written just like our history papers were in college Each chapter tackles a part of the subject so you can put the book down and pick it up over a long period of time and not be lost.Faust debunks the romantic belief lots of us have that the majority of Southern women supported the war effort gladly I liked that there was no judgment placed by the author on ladies behavior during the war but the portrait did end up being not very flattering.

    5. There s poetry that makes you love poetry, and novels that make you love novels and history books that make you love reading history And this is one of them a fascinating, absorbing book about the changes the Civil War wrought on the culture of the American south Death and hoopskirts and drudgery, fear and self worth and deprivation and nursing and class wars, expectations, wimping out and grief and pulling yourself up by your bootstraps Anyone with the teensiest inclination to read this shall b [...]

    6. Excellent and very well written research and scholarship Says a few things that need to be said about the institution of slavery, and the true nature of the Confederacy.First of all, set aside any romantic Scarlett O Hara style notions of Confederate ladies as spunky gals who would do anything to support their Boys in Grey, protect their children, and maintain their way of life Based on the fantastic array of letters, journals and other writing from every corner of the Confederacy, most of these [...]

    7. According to Drew Gilpin Faust, writing about and researching the history of elites is a topic that lately has not been considered fashionable, but one she takes interest in with her book Mothers of Invention Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War In Drew s estimation, the Civil War changed the roles of white women, particularly elite white women, in society The war altered what kind of work they did, how their marriages functioned, and what they expected of themselves In her [...]

    8. Written as academic than popular non fiction this book was a tad dry to read but I was interested enough in the subject matter to persevere to the end Drew Gilpin Faust examined how the roles of affluent Confederate women changed drastically during the Civil War after the men left to serve in the Confederate Army Restrictions of race, class and gender kept them prim and proper before the war but now they had to manage the plantation and discipline the slaves And they failed.Chapter 3 Enemies in [...]

    9. My friend Lucy is trying her hand at holding traditional salons in her home At last night s first attempt, this book came up in the grab pile I lost it to another attendee , but made sure I added the info to my list before she made off with it I ll definitely be keeping my eye out for it as I make my way through a few other recent civil war related titles I picked up at our library book sale next month don t feel too bad for me I ended up with a great book about Mars, instead.

    10. Fascinating look at the lives of white slave owning women in the south during the Civil War Women had been raised to be dependent and helpless All of a sudden the men all vanished and they had to cope on their own Along with having to do things their husbands would have taken care of, they had to start doing a lot of the work around the house they were unaccustomed to doing as well as untrained to do The letters and journals of women across the south weave a fascinating story.

    11. Interesting documentation of how southern women s lives changed during the Civil War Excerpts of letters from women add to the socio economic look of gender and class I did find it worth while It is the kind of book you can read sections chapters at a time if you do not want to read it cover to cover.

    12. This is an EXCELLENT book from the perspective of women during the Civil War particularly in the south The author effectively portrays the plight of widows, wives, children, etc during America s worst war It sounds like a boring book, but is actually one of the best I have ever read on the Civil War An excellent read.

    13. An academically precise recounting of what white women in the south endured during and after the Civil War, even if unnecessarily wordy I kept thinking throughout that this must be the author s dissertation so it had to be a certain padded length but after learning about Faust and the honors this book garnered, I realize that this is just how respected academics write Still, very interesting and dry reporting based on the actual words of and about the women themselves Their transition from pamp [...]

    14. Faust explores the gender role transformations and issues confronted by women in the slaveholding south when the male population between the ages of 17 55 by and large left their domestic settings and farms for war The Confederacy, so than the Union in the north, suffered a massive reduction of white males to fight in Civil War battles Faust cleverly explores the somewhat obvious but often overlooked consequences of this situation and finds a few surprising features along the way Rather than re [...]

    15. I read this book to research a potential novel I hoped to write I was looking for the nitty gritty of daily life under blockade and bombardment Instead the book covers general themes of courtship, sewing and reading as activities that relieved boredom and loneliness, religion, and the confederate woman s changing sensibilities during war I would recommend this book for people with a general interest in the way the war changed the higher class Southern women s behavior and sensibilities.

    16. Give your sons, brothers, uncles, husbands and future husbands to a war that has been sold to you as winnable and God s will You ve always being protected and now forced to learn how to care for household, children, self and your future self which will most likely be alone Watch yourself change over the course seven years, how would you be different Would you embrace the new world or stubbornly cling to the old world Most lamented and stubbornly clung to the old world of privileged womanhood but [...]

    17. Though this book is of an academic than romantic read, it is the only work I ve found that focuses on women during the Civil War I would love to find a comparable book about women of the the Union, but I suspect that women of that time, no matter which side they were on, experienced many of the same fears and trials Which, ironically, may make women the unifying force in a divided nation.The author did meticulous research here and found a treasure trove of letters and other papers from that per [...]

    18. This was so fabulous Just the way I like my history books personal, filled with anecdotes and letters, and both intimate and sweeping at the same time Even this very specific subset of people she chose to focus on elite, educated slaveholding women during the American Civil War represented such a range of experiences and impressions Great to read in my Civil War class which could have so easily touched only on the soldiers and politicians experiences It also inspired me to write my nursing in th [...]

    19. I really wanted this book to be better than it was It really bothers me that the name of this book is not quite its subject matter Yes, it is about women of the South s gentry class But mother s of invention implies an ingenuity that women of the south needed to find replacements for those items or things or services that the Civil War denied them that Faust never really demonstrates It is an interesting read, and it is very informative But it was not quite what I expected, nor does its 200 some [...]

    20. Very interesting take on a group of women who are not inherently sympathetic characters at all, i.e women from Southern slaveholding families at the time of the Civil War But I did learn a lot about how the war changed their lives and about their ambivalence regarding these changes I felt some measure of empathy with these women s situations For an academic treatise, this book is very accessible to the lay reader The fact that it is written by the woman who became the 1st female president of Har [...]

    21. In a Nutshell Mothers of Invention is an exploration of women s lives and experiences on the home front in the South during the Civil War.I loved this book It was so interested how diverse women s experiences were Some found their new freedom liberating, some found it stifling some women frantically searched for husbands, others embraced the opportunity to live out their lives as single I really liked the exploration of female friendships and the importance of novels and writing.

    22. Focuses on upper middle class Southern white women during the Civil War these womens lives were turned upside down when their men were conscripted and they had to run the plantations, control the slaves and their own children, deal with a government that failed them, and make do with little books, food, or other needed supplies These women were raised to submissive ladies and a massive war did not prepare them for the harsh realities of life.

    23. A great book to read if your a history buff It tells the hardship An struggles the woman went through during the war Tell the stories of how woman became liberated during and after the war They were left to care for the children and slaves and keep the family homes running It was an amazing and inspiring story.

    24. interesting book, but sort of strange to spend all that time discussing male female roles, cross dressing etc and never once even mention the possibility of lesbian relationships in the south published 1996, was this so not yet on the radar in academic circles does not one diary or journal ever allude to such possibilities really

    25. Debunks a lot of the myths about women in the south during the Civil War such as women chipping in full scale with war production while supporting other stereotypes trying to maintain their sense of style, complete with ball gowns Great study of an often ignored demographic and even though the author has a chance to be outwardly feminist, she paints a fair and well researched picture.

    26. In depth sociological history of the psychology of white socially privileged women How I would love to read journal or histories of women who were of lower classes with enough literacy to have kept some kind of records we could study.

    27. really shifted my understanding of the south during the civil war and the reasons for its collapse in the final years highly recommend it to anyone interested in understanding the social changes taking place during the war and their impact.

    28. oh how quickly we forget or rather how much we think we know an indepth look at the many varying ideas of what a woman should and shouldn t be in the South during the Civil War Period forget the stereotypes and read this book

    29. This discussion of how women of the South dealt with the difficulties of the Civil War was fascinating, and it caused me to seek out the memoirs, diaries and other volumes which were used for its research.

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