North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times by Angela RobbinsNorth Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times by Angela Robbins

North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times

Contribution byAngela Robbins, Corey Stewart

Paperback | February 15, 2014

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North Carolina has had more than its share of accomplished, influential women-women who have expanded their sphere of influence or broken through barriers that had long defined and circumscribed their lives, women such as Elizabeth Maxwell Steele, the widow and tavern owner who supported the American Revolution; Harriet Jacobs, runaway slave, abolitionist, and author of Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; and Edith Vanderbilt and Katharine Smith Reynolds, elite women who promoted women's equality. This collection of essays examines the lives and times of pathbreaking North Carolina women from the late eighteenth century into the early twentieth century, offering important new insights into the variety of North Carolina women's experiences across time, place, race, and class, and conveys how women were able to expand their considerable influence during periods of political challenge and economic hardship, particularly over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

These essays highlight North Carolina's progressive streak and its positive impact on women's education-for white and black alike- beginning in the antebellum period on through new opportunities that opened up in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. They explore the ways industrialization drew large numbers of women into the paid labor force for the first time and what the implications of this tremendous transition were; they also examine the women who challenged traditional gender roles, as political leaders and labor organizers, as runaways, and as widows. The volume is especially attuned to differences in region within North Carolina, delineating women's experiences in the eastern third of the state, the piedmont, and the western mountains.

MICHELE GILLESPIE is a professor of history at Wake Forest University. She is author or coeditor of ten previous books, including Katharine and R. J. Reynolds: Partners of Fortune in the Making of the New South (Georgia) and Free Labor in an Unfree World: White Artisans in Slaveholding Georgia, 1789–1860 (Georgia). SALLY G. McMILLEN is...
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Title:North Carolina Women: Their Lives and TimesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:432 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:February 15, 2014Publisher:University of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820340006

ISBN - 13:9780820340005

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Once you have read the stories of these amazing women, you will never see southern history in quite the same way again. This sweeping portrait of women's struggles and accomplishments from the mountains to the coast and from early settlement to the early twentieth century represents the culmination of an outpouring of extraordinary scholarship on North Carolina women that began in the 1980s. It should be read by anyone who cares about our common past. - Jacquelyn Dowd Hall - author of Revolt against Chivalry: Jessie Daniel Ames and the Women’s Campaign Against Lynching