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Out of the House of Bondage
The Transformation of the Plantation Household

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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521703987

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  • The plantation household was, first and foremost, a site of production. This fundamental fact has generally been overshadowed by popular and scholarly images of the plantation household as the source of slavery's redeeming qualities, where 'gentle' mistresses ministered to 'loyal' slaves. This book recounts a very different story. The very notion of a private sphere, as divorced from the immoral excesses of chattel slavery as from the amoral logic of market laws, functioned to conceal from public scrutiny the day-to-day struggles between enslaved women and their mistresses, subsumed within a logic of patriarchy. One of emancipation's unsung consequences was precisely the exposure to public view of the unbridgeable social distance between the women on whose labor the plantation household relied and the women who employed them. This is a story of race and gender, nation and citizenship, freedom and bondage in the nineteenth century South; a big abstract story that is composed of equally big personal stories.

    • Focuses on the plantation household as a site of production and thus class relations and violence
    • Unique analysis of the precise forms of struggle and negotiations that led to the transformation of the plantation home in the Civil War era
    • Places black and white women at the center of an analysis of the plantation household
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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521703987
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 231 x 157 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The gender of violence
    2. 'Beyond the limits of decency': women in slavery
    3. Making 'better girls': Southern women and the claims of domesticity
    4. 'Nothing but deception in them': the war within
    5. Out of the house of bondage: a sundering of ties, 1865–6
    6. 'A makeshift kind of life': free women and free homes
    7. 'Wild notions of right and wrong': from home to the streets.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • African American History
    • African American History to 1865
    • African American Women's History to 1865
    • Age of Emancipation
    • American Women's History
    • Enslaved Women and the Construction of American Notions of Gender, Sexuality, and Race
    • Graduate Readings in Women's History of the US
    • History of the American Family
    • History of the South
    • History of the United States to 1865
    • Introduction to African American Literature
    • Labors
    • Literature: Antebellum South
    • Marriage and Family in American History
    • Old South
    • Problems in 19th-Century American History
    • Proseminar in US History
    • Topics in Global, Comparative, and Thematic Histor: Gender History
    • U.S. History to 1877 and/or Hist 4304 (Old South)
    • US History to 1877
    • United States History Honors Seminar
    • Violence in 19th-Century America
    • Visualizing the Antebellum South
    • Women and Gender in U.S. History
  • Author

    Thavolia Glymph, Duke University, North Carolina
    Thavolia Glymph (Ph.D. Economic History, Purdue University) is an Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and History at Duke University. She has co-edited two volumes of the award-winning Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation series and published scholarly articles in five book collections. Glymph's far-ranging experience as a scholar and educator extends to various teaching appointments and museum projects. Her current work focuses on a comparative study of plantation households in Brazil and the US South, Civil War soldiers in Egypt after the Civil War, and a history of women in the Civil War.

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