A Family of Women: The Carolina Petigrus in Peace and War

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UNC Press Books, 1999 - Social Science - 328 pages
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The often-stereotyped belles and matrons of the nineteenth-century South emerge as diverse personalities in this compelling account of three generations of women from a South Carolina family whose fate rose and fell with the fortunes of the state. Through
  

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A family of women: the Carolina Petigrus in peace and war

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This family biography draws on the letters and diaries of three generations of Petigru women to trace their changing fortunes throughout much of the 19th century. While the Civil War profoundly ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Establishing the Petigru Connection
9
Begetting Offspring
23
Managing Complex Households
31
Educating the Young
38
Marrying for Money
48
Reigning as Belles
58
Surviving Miserable Marriages
71
The Roof Tree Falls
169
Life Goes On
180
The War Drags to a Close
192
The Despair of Defeat
207
The Return to the Plantation
220
The Return to the City
235
The Luck of the Allstons
246
The Pain and Joy of Autonomy
264

Governing at Home
87
Marrying for Love
95
Reflecting Power and Wealth
110
Dealing with Public Issues
124
The War Comes
139
The Early War Years on the Home Front
148
The Repercussions from the Battlefield
159
Epilogue
275
Genealogical Charts
285
Notes
297
Bibliographical Essay
319
Index
323
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Jane H. Pease is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Maine and an associate in history at the College of Charleston.

William H. Pease is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Maine and an associate in history at the College of Charleston.

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