In Joy and in Sorrow: Women, Family, and Marriage in the Victorian South, 1830-1900

Paperback | May 1, 1995

EditorCarol Bleser

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In Joy and in Sorrow brings together some of the finest historians of the South in a sweeping exploration of the meaning of the family in this troubled region. In their vast canvas of the Victorian South, the authors explore the private lives of Senators, wealthy planters, and the belles ofhigh society, along with the humblest slaves and sharecroppers, both white and black. Stretching from the height of the antebellum South's pride and power through the chaos of the Civil War and Reconstruction to the end of the century, these essays uncover hidden worlds of the Southern family,worlds of love and duty--and of incest, miscegenation, and insanity. Featuring an introduction by C. Vann Woodward, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mary Chesnut's Civil War, and a foreword by Anne Firor Scott, author of The Southern Lady, this work presents an outstanding array of historians: Eugene Genovese, Catherine Clinton, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Carol Bleser,Drew Faust, James Roark, Michael Johnson, Brenda Stevenson, Bertram Wyatt-Brown, Jacqueline Jones, Peter Bardaglio, and more. They probe the many facets of Southern domestic life, from the impact of the Civil War on a prominent Southern marriage to the struggles of postwar sharecropper families.One author turns the pages of nineteenth century cookbooks, exploring what they tell us about home life, housekeeping, and entertaining without slaves after the Civil War. Other essays portray the relationship between a Victorian father and his devoted son, as well as the private writings of along-suffering Southern wife. In Joy and in Sorrow offers a fascinating look into the tangled reality of Southern life before, during, and after the Civil War. With this collection of essays, editor Carol Bleser provides a powerful new way of understanding this most self-consciously distinct region. In Joy and in Sorrowwill appeal to everyone interested in marriage and the family, the problems of gender and slavery, as well as in the history of the South, old and new.

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In Joy and in Sorrow brings together some of the finest historians of the South in a sweeping exploration of the meaning of the family in this troubled region. In their vast canvas of the Victorian South, the authors explore the private lives of Senators, wealthy planters, and the belles ofhigh society, along with the humblest slaves ...

Carol Bleser is the Kathryn and Calhoun Lemon Distinguished Professor of American History at Clemson University. Her books include Secret and Sacred: The Diaries of James Henry Hammond, A Southern Slaveholder, The Hammonds of Redcliffe, and The Promised Land.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 6.14 × 9.25 × 1.1 inPublished:May 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

Carol Bleser: Preface,Anne Firor Scott: Foreword,C. Vann Woodward: Introduction, 1. Wylma Wates: Precursor to the Victorian Age: The Concept of Marriage and Family as Revealed in the Correspondence of the Izard Family of South Carolina, 2. Elizabeth Fox-Genovese: Family and Female Identity in the Antebellum South: Sarah Gayle and Her Family, 3. Peter Bardaglio: "An Outrage upon Nature": Incest and the Law in the Nineteenth-Century South, 4. Catherine Clinton: "Southern Dishonor": Flesh, Blood, Race, and Bondage, 5. Eugene Genovese: "Our Family, White and Black": Family and Household in the Southern Slaveholders' World View, 6. James Roark and Michael Johnson: Strategies of Survival: Free Negro Families and the Problem of Slavery, 7. Brenda Stevenson: Distress and Discord in Virginia Slave Families, 1830-1860, 8. Eugene Genovese: Toward a Kinder and Gentler America: The Southern Lady in the Greening of the Politics of the Old South, 9. Carol Bleser and Frederick Heath: The Clays of Alabama: The Impact of the Civil War on a Southern Marriage,10. Alan Grubb: House and Home in the Victorian South: The Cookbook as Guide,11. Bertram Wyatt-Brown: A Family Tradition of Letters: The Female Percys and the Brontean Mode,12. Jacqueline Jones: The Political Economy of Sharecropping Families: Blacks and Poor Whites in the Rural South, 1865-1915,13. Virginia Burr: A Woman Made to Suffer and Be Strong: Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907,14. Sarah Woolfolk Wiggins: A Victorian Father: Josiah Gorgas and His Family,Drew Gilpin Faust: Epilogue,Appendix for "An Outrage upon Nature"NotesContributors

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"Valuable....A number of pieces make important contributions to this burgeoning field in southern history."--The Journal of American History