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Unruly Women: The Politics of Social and Sexual Control in the Old South (Gender and American Culture) Paperback – May 18, 1992

ISBN-13: 978-0807843611 ISBN-10: 080784361X Edition: 1st
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A powerful expos of the seamy aspects of antebellum southern society."American Historical Review"

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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
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Product Details

  • Series: Gender and American Culture
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press; 1 edition (May 18, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080784361X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807843611
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Victoria Bynum is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Texas State University, San Marcos. Her research focuses on Southern dissenters, including families that opposed secession and the Confederacy. Subjects include the guerrilla band headed by Newt Knight in Mississippi's "Free State of Jones"; the anti-slavery Wesleyan Methodist community of the North Carolina Quaker Belt; Southern women who defied the boundaries of Southern society; Southerners who crossed the color line socially and sexually; and African Americans who did not follow the dictates of Jim Crow. Her published works include THE LONG SHADOW OF THE CIVIL WAR: SOUTHERN DISSENT AND ITS LEGACIES (Chapel Hill, 2010); THE FREE STATE OF JONES: MISSISSIPPI'S LONGEST CIVIL WAR (Chapel Hill, 2001); and UNRULY WOMEN: THE POLITICS OF SOCIAL AND SEXUAL CONTROL IN THE OLD SOUTH (Chapel Hill, 1992).

To learn more about Vikki Bynum's work, visit her blog, Renegade South, at https://renegadesouth.wordpress.com/

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Reviews on August 15, 2010
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I think that Victoria Bynum writes the most accurate books on the Southern South. I was born and raised in Mississippi, I'm 77 years old. My family was from Jones County. Over the years I've heard many tales about living in the that area and the Civil war.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Reader on November 22, 2008
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I bought this book because a Google search showed it had information about one of my ancesters.

I wasn't sure what to expect. Dry dissertation? Hugely slanted feminist agenda? History reduced to charts and tables?

None of the above, I'm happy to say. This is an interesting and engaging look at the lives of some not-so-upstanding women of the 1800s in central NC. It's both approachable for the non-academic (that's me) and yet offers a good, full set of references with which one can do more research. If this were a class, I'd take it in a heartbeat.

As a bonus, I found information about more than one of my own ancesters in the book. Boy, I wish I'd had some of this information when my mother would go on about "your generation doesn't know how to behave like ladies and gentlemen." Yeah, well, mom, apprently neither did your grandmothers' generation!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Nira on May 13, 2002
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This secondary source was truly unique and different from all women's history book that I have ever read. It gives a detailed view of atypical and deviant women who engaged in behaviors that were controversial during the Antebellum period. I used this when I was writing a report on deviant women of the south. This book takes place in North Carolina becuase N.C. has the most records of divorce, miscegenation, etc. She uses court cases and divorce records and compares different counties and thier court rulings. This book is an excellent source for reports and entertainment. It never bores and keeps you reading and educated all the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Simmons on December 12, 2012
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I knew Black women were held in bondage, but I was surprised that White women were a step above them in bondage.
The injustice against women was disturbing, yet it's a reflection of some--not all--but some male attitudes today. Thanks for the research and sharing your findings.

Author Pat Simmons
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