Blood and Irony: Southern White Women's Narratives of the by Sarah E. Gardner

By Sarah E. Gardner

Through the Civil battle, its devastating aftermath, and the many years following, many southern white girls became to writing for you to make feel in their reviews. Combining assorted historic and literary resources, Sarah Gardner argues that ladies served as guardians of the collective reminiscence of the struggle and helped outline and reshape southern id. Gardner considers such famous authors as Caroline Gordon, Ellen Glasgow, and Margaret Mitchell and likewise recovers works through lesser-known writers akin to Mary Ann Cruse, Mary Noailles Murfree, and Varina Davis. In fiction, biographies, inner most papers, academic texts, old writings, and during the paintings of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, southern white ladies sought to inform and guard what they thought of to be the reality in regards to the struggle. yet this fact diversified based on ancient condition and the process the clash. in simple terms within the aftermath of defeat did a extra unified imaginative and prescient of the southern reason emerge. but Gardner finds the lifestyles of a powerful neighborhood of accomplice girls who have been aware of their shared attempt to outline a brand new and compelling imaginative and prescient of the southern warfare adventure. In demonstrating the impression of this imaginative and prescient, Gardner highlights the function of the written observe in defining a brand new cultural id for the postbellum South.

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Although O’Connor’s overly emotive conceptualization of war did not match Evans’s in popularity, O’Connor nevertheless entered into a discourse that many had thought unseemly—or at least uninteresting—for women. Accounts of camp life and battles allowed McIntosh and O’Connor to break free from the boundaries of domestic fiction, making their novels more accessible to men. Like Evans and Ford, however, these women understood that southern women would largely constitute the reading audience and targeted the novels accordingly.

Despite Hugh Moray’s initial reluctance to take over the family plantation of his bride, Augusta, he soon settles into his role as planter and master. Speaking to his northern law partner, Hugh justifies the institution of slavery and explains his plans for the improvement of his slaves. Despite some abuses in the system, ‘‘in the essential features, the dependence of the slave, the rule and authority of the master, I believe it to be divinely appointed for the noblest ends. . I shall be a king on my own land,’’ Hugh continues, ‘‘but, with my views, I must be a priest as well as a king.

Sumner, Stevens, and Indiana Representative George W. Julian pushed for a hard peace. Their plan demanded the confisca i                      tion of southern plantations and the redistribution of the land to the freed slaves and white southerners who had remained loyal to the Union. Most members of Congress, however, feared that this plan violated constitutional protections of property rights and refused to support the bill. The debates generated by the Sumner, Stevens, and Julian plan, however, did lead to a consensus among Republicans on certain elements that they believed any reunification plan should incorporate.

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