A book report on the plantation mistress by catherine clinton

It being so endless the work. Women's Rights Then and Now January 1, Momma good, but not enough to keep me going at this point in my life. IMHO, that had to require some acting skills. If this subject matter is of interest to you, I highly recommend the book. Clinton is able to artfully reconstruct the realities faced by the repressed females who have otherwise been eulogized as living a glamorous life by Hollywood, for more than a century and a half.

In a nutshell, the Plantation Mistress portrays a dim picture of allegedly indulged and pampered women who, in reality, were engineers of the aristocracy in the South Clinton, She married into the city eventually and purposely toward a life lived mostly in France.

The master of a plantation wanted his slaves to be dependent upon the mistress, but he also demanded that the mistress be dependent upon him. January 1, Jeanette It's good. Their lives were far from the indolent, party-filled circuit we are given to expect from films like Gone With the Wind.

January 1, RsvpShindig Really interesting to read some of the truths behind that romantic South we have in our minds. Certainly because of all the issues that were totally centered on her "Mistress" role- the making of clothes, medicine, foodstuffs etc. Clinton tries to make the argument that men rarely had anything to do with their children from birth until adulthood and after this point, only the males.

This is an era of women's history that should be studied so that young women of today will value the freedoms that our grandmothers worked for. The author's presentation is backed with statistics and correspondence of that period.

It is essential to first determine the basis for that comparison and their positions in society during the antebellum period. They were the unacknowledged managers of the southern agricultural economy. Author Clinton shows that the white mistress was actually more in bondage than the slaves - because she literally had no other woman or a community with whom to share her experience.

They couldn't be sold away and the slave women were far more oppressed. It was a complicated situation that offered well-born women wealth and class because of their race, but also oppression because of their gender.

IMHO, that had to require some acting skills. Accordingly, at different times women were oppressed more than others. In a manner that held most influence!


So many dichotomies of her role and being the communicator in the conflicts between these factors inherent in the slave system and her own immense dependency by law combined, IMHO, to give her a skill for understated and yet immense influence by her well placed input at diplomatic intervals.

The author employs excerpts from correspondence letter writing was practically de riguer during this time period but also plantation records to provide a look at the challenges faced by plantation mistresses. Whilst the life of a plantation wife was and remains in no way comparable to slavery, as Clinton makes all too clear, white planter women in the Old South were in their own way restricted, hemmed in, constrained.

The mothers of Scarlett didn't have it easy. Both remarried often, almost as a duty- but this left men quite often with 2 or 3 marriages in their lifetime. But she does equate certain assumed outcomes and trends because of the depth of the proofs.


Slaves depended upon them for all their needs, and it was a demanding job. One differed and it was called Laura named after her. Ms Clinton believes that women in the antebellum South were generally overworked, often unhealthy, and little freer than their slaves.

Some chapters, like the one on divorce, were so very dry, it is like reading stats lists.

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In fact, most of the time she was also by produce or foodstuffs, beyond the crops, supplementing HIS debts. Catherine Clinton is thorough and introduces her methods and numbers of cases and the years she has centered for examination. It's not written in the current plus era of interpretation being pivotal to the material.

That firmly echoed a parallel to slavery. And detailing for the levels of physical work!Drawing on the diaries, letters, and memoirs of hundreds of planter wives and daughters, Clinton sets before us in vivid detail the daily life of the plantation mistress and her ambiguous intermediary position in the hierarchy between slave and master.

"The Plantation Mistress challenges and reinterprets a host of issues related to the Old South. The Plantation Mistress - Ebook written by Catherine Clinton. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices.

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This pioneering study of the much-mythologized Southern belle offers the first serious look at the lives of white women and their harsh and restricted place in the slave society before the Civil War/5(39). To combat both the ""New Englandization"" of women's history and the popular sexualization of the Southern woman, Professor Clinton (History and Women's Studies, Union College) searched archival documents in seven Southern states for particulars on the plantation mistress.

The Plantation Mistress : Woman's World in the Old South

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Your purchase also supports literacy charities. "The Plantation Mistress challenges and reinterprets a host of issues related to the Old South. The result is a book that forces us to rethink some of our basic assumptions about two peculiar institutions—the slave plantation and the nineteenth-century family/5(39).

A book report on the plantation mistress by catherine clinton
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