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Gendered Strife and Confusion: The Political Culture of Reconstruction (Women in American History)

ISBN: 9780252066009
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication Date: 1997-04-01
Number of pages: 400
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Exploring the gendered dimension of political conflicts, Laura Edwards links post-Civil War transformations in private and public life. She illustrates how ideas about men's and women's roles within households shaped the ways groups of southerners - elite and poor, white and black, Democrat and Republican - envisioned the public arena and their own places in it. By using those on the margins to define the center, Edwards demonstrates that Reconstruction was a complicated process of conflict and negotiation that lasted beyond 1877 and involved all southerners and every aspect of life.

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