Freedom S Women (Blacks in the Diaspora)

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Freedom’s Women examines the African American women’s experiences during the Civil War and the first five years of Reconstruction in Mississippi. Exploring issues of family and work, the author shows how African American women’s attempts to achieve more control over their lives shaped their attitudes toward work, marriage, family, and community.
African American women both accepted and defied conventional definitions of private and public spheres. As freed women and men tried to minimise interference by their former owners, practically everything considered private became a public issue: marriage, mobility, parenthood, housing, and control over African American women’s sexuality. Experiences such as pregnancy, nursing, the preparation of meals, and washing clothes, certainly viewed as private by freed women, became areas of heated debate between employers and employees.
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ISBN-13: 9780253334954
ISBN-10: 0253334950
Pagini: 288
Dimensiuni: 164 x 241 x 30 mm
Greutate: 0.59 kg
Editura: Indiana University Press
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Frankel's scholarship in this carefully researched and clearly written study is impressive. Her examination of Civil War widows' pension records and other primary sources reveals a great deal about the importance of Mississippi slave families and how emancipation strengthened them. Although women gained fewer legal rights than men from Reconstruction, they obtained much that had been denied them during slavery. They shared family authority and economic responsibility so much that Frankel concludes the free African American family was neither patriarchal nor matriarchal, but combinations of both. Freedwomen did not rely solely on legal definitions of marriage but developed codes of morality based on community standards. Their community tolerated intimate relationships outside of legal marriages and recognized terminations of relationships without legal divorce. Extended kin were considered members of the family, and family responsibilities included support of orphans, unmarried pregnant daughters, and handicapped children. The study is thoroughly documented with 70 pages of footnotes and a 14-page bibliography, reflecting Frankel's grasp of the secondary literature as well as extensive work in primary documents. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --R. Detweiler, California Polytechnic State Universit----R. Detweiler, California Polytechnic State University San Luis"Choice" (01/01/2000)

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Dr. Noralee Frankel is assistant director on women, minorities, and teaching at the American Historical Association. She is author of Break Those Chains at Last: African Americans 1860-1880 and coeditor of Gender, Class, Race and Reform in the Progressive Era.