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Scarlett's Sisters: Young Women in the Old South Paperback – February 1, 2009
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Nicely written, clearly argued, and complemented by good illustrations. . . . An admirable book with a strong argument that invites all historians of the nineteenth century South to rethink the confines of elite white womanhood.--North Carolina Historical Review
Well written, meticulously researched. . . . Fine, refreshing contribution to the literature on gender in the early republic.--Journal of the Early Republic
Well-written, provocative, and thoroughly researched. . . . Complicates the existing historiography and suggests a promising avenue of scholarship with its focus on female youth culture during the antebellum era.--Southern Historian
Scarlett's Sisters provides a wealth of new information on southern women's history, and Jabour successfully provides a better understanding of the transitions that characterized these women's lives.--H-SAWH
Thoughtful and well written. . . . [A] challenge to the popular dismissal of young women as worthy of separate historical study.--Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
Jabour knows that the young women were both privileged and subordinate, oppressors and oppressed. . . . This well written and superbly illustrated book is an admirable introduction to their world.--American Historical Review
Numerous quotations from letters and diaries, along with thought-provoking illustrations, provide color, authentic voice and a certain freshness to the book.--Mississippi Quarterly
Excellent. . . . Compellingly written and intriguing. . . . Southern, women's and general historians should read [it].--Journal of Southern History
Anya Jabour makes a compelling case in Scarlett's Sisters that age and generation are as important as class, race, and gender as categories of analysis, and that adolescent girls and young women are particularly situated to shed light on many of the questions southern historians have been debating for decades. . . . This important book should generate discussion. It is highly readable and clear, with many wonderful quotations.--Journal of American History
Extensive research into the personal papers of more than three hundred young women convincingly demonstrates the self-conscious nature of these girls' transformations.--Georgia Historical Quarterly
In her study of women, gender, and class in the Old South, Anya Jabour adds the important dimension of age and the life cycle to our grasp of southern social life. She lets us see young, elite women as living in a social realm that was distinct and yet oriented toward the future. Freshly written and meticulously researched, this book is full of women whose voices are clear and arresting.--Steven M. Stowe, Indiana University
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It convinced me of a resistance I would never have suspected, and the degree to which Scarlett's role has been romanticized and has hidden the very real fear that young women had that they would be subsumed once married - which of course they were. It serves to explain why several of my southern ancestors refused their eventual husbands several times before agreeing to marry.
Carving out a separate Southern identity from the oft-covered Victorian era, Jabour's "sensitivity to regional variations" gives southern women agency (3). Forms of resistance to the demands of Southern patriarchy were not generated by the influence of a didactic, urban-based feminism from the contemporaneous American North. Instead, Jabour asserts it is Southern women themselves who developed unique forms of resistance based on Southern cultural paradigms. Young women in the nineteenth-century South created communities in exclusively female spaces; academies, church groups, and sustained virtual communities in letter writing all served to give women a safe space to explore identities. Complicating the construction of belles as "giddy girls, fickle flirts, and husband-seeking hussies", Jabour introduces us to a world of young women who "prioritized intellectual development" in a community of their own (2, 126). "I describe...Read more ›
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