A powerful expos of the seamy aspects of antebellum southern society."American Historical Review"
A fascinating and carefully argued interpretation of southern women.--Journal of American History
|A powerful expose of the seamy aspects of antebellum southern society. . . . [Readers] will appreciate [Bynum's] nuanced depiction of the elaborate networks of kin and neighborly relations in the Piedmont and will find her study immensely informative and persuasive about social groups in the South that heretofore have been little understood.--American Historical Review
|[An] illuminating and thoughtful book.--Southern Cultures
|A welcome and ambitious study.--Journal of the History of Sexuality
|Victoria Bynum's thorough and sensitive analysis of the poor women of the North Carolina piedmont refuses to be limited by class, race, or legal status. With material so rich, so various, and by turns tragic and downright funny, Bynum is writing emancipated new southern history. Her view of the women who represented the bedrock of southern society is essential reading for students of southern history today.--Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University|Drawing on records of women who appeared in courts in three counties of the North Carolina Piedmont to seek redress against abuse or to answer charges of disorderly behavior, [Bynum] analyzes how courts attempted to enforce ideals of domesticity and how deviant women resisted. . . . A sophisticated but lively account of the lives of a subset of women whose experiences reflect importantly on the nature of southern society.--Choice