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By Angela Boswell

Deeds, wills, divorce decrees, and different facts of the general public lives of nineteenth-century girls belie the long-held ideals in their public invisibility. Angela Boswell's Her Act and Deed: Women's Lives in a Rural Southern County, 1837–1873 follows the threads of Southern women's lives as they weave during the public documents of 1 Texas county in the course of the heart of the 19th century. Her special approach to exploring women's roles in a South that spanned the frontier, antebellum, Civil conflict, and Reconstruction eras illuminates the truths of the female international of these classes, and her research of this set of whole public documents for these years demanding situations the idea of men's and women's separate spheres of impact, as complicated by means of many scholars.

The global Boswell reconstructs permits readers a extra egalitarian, multicultural examine lifestyles: operating classification and bad ladies, either black and white, subscribe to their extra prosperous sisters within the pages of the Colorado County, Texas, courthouse files. those self same documents exhibit that the lads of that world—most of them planters or farmers, nearly all of them possessing not less than a couple of slaves—are a strength for girls to reckon with, either in public and at domestic. the just about consistent presence of fellows in the house and their have to uphold the dominant, slave-holding hierarchy

produced a patriarchy extra pervasive than that skilled via girls within the city north.

Eminently readable and obtainable to students and common readers alike, Her Act and Deed represents a great addition to the study room, to the scholar's library, and to Texas background collections.

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