Southern Women Before, During & After the Civil War Essay

2813 WordsDec 7, 200812 Pages
The women of southern plantations are something that not many write about. There is a critical lack of information and books about them, which makes writing about her a difficult task. Many southern women are mentioned in many books only as part of the males. “It was not until the early 1970’s, with the advent of the women’s movement, that a book written by a Southern woman about Southern women was recognized as being of scholarly significance…” The wealthy white women of the south spent most of their time in the home. They raised the children and acted as teachers in many cases, teaching reading, writing and religion. White women (of all classes) in the south suffered under heavier burdens than northern women. They married earlier,…show more content…
He was believed to not have controlled his woman properly. Not all of what southern women did daily on their plantations was work. There were also pastimes to enjoy, like entertaining friends and neighbors. “With the prevailing prosperity among the upper classes, gentlemen had larger opportunity for cultivating the social graces, and their wives and daughters, considerably relieved from housewifery cares, were taught drawing-room accomplishments.” These women entertained in their homes and they were entertained in other ladies homes as well. When they went out, they rode horses or they went by water (depending on where they lived). Most wealthy southern women were accomplished horseback riders, since it was considered fit for a lady to know how to ride. During these years the roads became better and better and carriages became more popular and many white families traveled this way as well. Balls were very popular in this time with the woman as well as the men. Other entertainments included comedy troops, plays, horse races and concerts. A part from a journal kept by a woman in the time from 1754 to 1781, “This abbreviated copy of her journal shows that she went to races, balls, and assemblies occasionally, and went visiting, dined out, had guests to dinner or to tea, and attended church oftener.” Marriage roles for women
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