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The Civil War as a Crisis in Gender: Augusta, Georgia, 1860-1890

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"A pathbreaking book laced with significant critical theoretical insight and vivid primary evidence. Whites's splendid grasp of the theoretical issues, combined with her vivid and dramatic use of voices from this critical, compelling Civil War era, make the book riveting."--Catherine Clinton

"Whites's groundbreaking study demonstrates that applying a gendered analysis to the behavior of both men and women sheds new light on even the most familiar stories of history."--"Civil War History"

"Insightful . . . Whites uses gender creatively and perceptively as a means for exploring the South's upheaval in the nineteenth century."--"American Historical Review"

"A major contribution to the study of the Civil War and gender relations of the era. Whites's analysis will be the mother tongue of Civil War interpretation. Her work explains so well the convoluted changes in sexual roles and perceptions that no account of the Civil War will henceforth be made without it."--Jean E. Friedman

"In a pioneering analysis of changing gender relationships during the Civil War, Whites explains much of the irony inherent in a southern world view that initially articulated the conflict as a defense of the liberties of 'free men' and later contended that the war was fought to protect southern homes, women, and children . . . She has given scholars, students, and general readers a window through which to view elite southern women and a fascinating new interpretation of the mythology surrounding the 'lost cause.'"--"History: Reviews of New Books"

About the Author

LeeAnn Whites is an associate professor of history and women's studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press (March 31, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820322091
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820322094
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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In this fascinating approach to the issue of gender in the Civil War era, Leeann Whites argues that the men of Augusta, Georgia (and presumably the rest of the South) were emasculated by their loss in that conflict. Through the efforts of white women confederate veterans were able to regain their sense of masculinity by the latter part of the 19th century. Whites argues that in antebellum Augusta, as in the rest of the South, that white men were free because they were not slaves. Their role encompassed protecting white women from outside influences and from those who were not free, obviously African Americans. In exchange for this protection, white women were subservient. When the Union emerged triumphant and slaves were freed, the white men of Augusta lost their pre-eminent position because they had failed in their duty to protect their women. Whites shows how in the years after the Civil War the white women of Augusta began a campaign to restore their men's sense of self-respect via activities such as honoring them through the building of memorials dedicated to the sacrifices of Confederate veterans. In doing so, they began to create the image of the Southern warrior fighting for their war of life against insurmountable odds. This was the Lost Cause that equired the valiant and honorable men of Augusta to take up arms. As a result of these efforts, men felt resurrected as they regained their sense of self, leading to their return to power after Reconstruction. Whites argument is fascinating, she uses numerous primary sources to support her views. Although one cannot come away from reading the book without agreeing that women did play a significant role in the return of men to power, she does ignore any efforts than men made on their own behalf.Read more ›
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I am not sure I agree with the author's theories and opinions but the book was interesting. It gave great information on the landmarks and business in Augusta in that century.
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I am using this book for research on an article concerning women during and after the American Civil War and Reconstruction.
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