SouthwesternHistoricalQuarterly January Women Shaping the South: Creating and Confronting Change. Edited by Angela Boswell and Judith N. McArthur. (Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2006. Pp. 280. Chart, index. ISBN 082621617X. $44.95, cloth.) This collection of essays based on papers presented at the Sixth Southern Conference on Women's History provides fresh insights into how women have shaped the course of change in southern communities from the Revolutionary War to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The first three essays highlight disparate areas in which antebellum women's influence has been overlooked and understudied. Phillip Hamilton's essay describes the importance of women's productive and managerial skills in planter households in Virginia. After the Revolution women supervised plantations while their husbands fulfilled the duties of public office, and their skill at minimizing household expenses enabled rural households to adapt to a more diversified economy after the collapse of the tobacco trade with Great Britain. An essay on Jane C. Washington, who inherited Mount Vernon upon the death of her husband in 1832, looks at her role in shaping both public culture and public history. Jean B. Lee argues that Washington set important precedents in developing practices that would allow public access
Southwestern Historical Quarterly – Texas State Historical Association
Published: Mar 28, 2007
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