Baptist Faith in Action: The Private Writings of Maria Baker Taylor, 1813-1895

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 399 pages
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Supplying a wealth of material from locales and a time for which few primary sources exist, Baptist Faith in Action brings to print the writings of Maria Baker Taylor (1813-1895), a strong-minded plantation mistress who spent her life in South Carolina and Florida. The granddaughter of Richard Furman, South Carolina's foremost nineteenth-century Baptist minister, Taylor was a well-educated and sophisticated member of South Carolina's second-tier planter class. She was also a most fervent Baptist. Notable for its geographical and temporal breadth, this collection of letters, diary entries, essays, and poems affords an unmatched view into the life of a woman living on the South's interior frontier during the nineteenth century. Born in Sumter County, South Carolina, Maria Baker married John Morgandollar Taylor in 1834. Throughout their marriage the couple lived on the geographical frontier, first in Beaufort District, South Carolina, and then in Marion County, Florida. The mother of thirteen children, Taylor taught her children and grandchildren at home, devoted large amounts of time to church work, and read voraciously. She also wrote voluminously, keeping diaries, exchanging letter
 

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Contents

Family and Formative Background
5
Schooling
11
Suitors and Wedding
19
Conclusion
25
Introduction
29
Education of the Children
33
Church Life
41
Family Deaths
52
Education of the Children 186473
189
The Taylors and the Freedmen
200
Financial and Emotional Crises
221
A Time of Transition
238
Conclusion
253
Introduction
263
Reading and Writing
267
Serving the Family
281

Wife and Husband
58
Slavery and Plantation Affairs
66
Conclusion
76
Introduction
83
Maria and Slavery
92
Two Education of the Children 185363
109
Osceola and the Civil War 186163
126
Sickness and Death 1864
155
Confusions of War 1864
166
Teaching the Grandchildren
297
Memorializing a Friend
310
Approaching Death
322
Epilogue
335
Notes
341
Bibliography
377
Index
385
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Kathryn is professor emerita of English at Ohio Wesleyan University, where she directed the freshmen composition program and taught courses in women's literature.

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