Gender and the Southern Body Politic

Gender and the Southern Body Politic

by Nancy Bercaw (Editor)


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In recent years an exciting new branch of scholarship has contributed to revising our understanding of politics and history. Expanding our definition of southern politics, a new generation of historians is challenging us to reconsider the most hallowed subjects in southern history—the origins of slavery, Bacon's Rebellion, the Nullification crisis, the origins of the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Lost Cause, Populism, and Jim Crow. Taking gender as a lens of analysis, these subjects are envisioned in a new light.

As Gender and the Southern Body Politic examines literature and art, labor and law, manhood and womanhood, the historians contributing to this volume argue that politics is not limited to the machinations of parties, candidates, and voters. Instead, they suggest that private matters—family, home, and sexuality—are integral to the construction of public power. Focusing on gender and ranging from the colonial period to the present, these essays explore the politics of

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ISBN-13: 9781934110386
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Publication date: 06/01/2007
Series: Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium in Southern History Series
Pages: 284
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.64(d)

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