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Masters of Small Worlds: Yeoman Households, Gender Relations, and the Political Culture of the Antebellum South Carolina Low Country

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In this innovative study of the South Carolina Low Country, author Stephanie McCurry explores the place of the yeomanry in plantation society--the complex web of domestic and public relations within which they were enmeshed, and the contradictory politics of slave society by which that class of small farmers extracted the privileges of masterhood from the region's powerful planters. Insisting on the centrality of women as historical actors and gender as a category of analysis, this work shows how the fateful political choices made by the low-country yeomanry were rooted in the politics of the household, particularly in the customary relations of power male heads of independent households assumed over their dependents, whether slaves or free women and children. Such masterly prerogatives, practiced in the domestic sphere and redeemed in the public, explain the yeomanry's deep commitment to slavery and, ultimately, their ardent embrace of secession.

By placing the yeomanry in the center of the drama, McCurry offers a significant reinterpretation of this volatile society on the road to Civil War. Through careful and creative use of a wide variety of archival sources, she brings vividly to life the small worlds of yeoman households, and the larger world of the South Carolina Low Country, the plantation South, and nineteenth-century America.

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In this innovative study of the South Carolina Low Country, author Stephanie McCurry explores the place of yeomanry in plantation society--the complex web of domestic and public relations within which they were enmeshed, and the contradictory politics of slave society by which these small-holdings landowners achieved status from the region's powerful planters.

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In this innovative study of the South Carolina Low Country, McCurry explores the place of the yeomanry in plantation society, the complex web of domestic and public relations within which they were enmeshed, and the contradictory politics of slave society by which that class of small farmers

extracted the privileges of masterhood from the region's powerful planters. Insisting on the centrality of women as historical actors and gender as a category of analysis, the book shows how the fateful political choices made by the lowcountry yeomanry were rooted in the politics of the household:

in the customary relations of power male heads of independent households assumed over their dependents, whether slaves or free women and children. Such masterly prerogatives, practiced in the domestic sphere and redeemed in the public, explain the yeomanry's deep commitment to slavery and

ultimately, their ardent embrace of secession. By placing the yeomanry in the center of the drama, McCurry offers a significant reinterpretation of this volatile society on the road to Civil War. Through careful and creative use of a wide variety of archival sources, she brings vividly to life the

small worlds of yeoman households, and the larger world of the South Carolina Low Country, the plantation South, and nineteenth-century America.

About the Author

Stephanie McCurry is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, San Diego.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195117950
Author:
McCurry, Stephanie
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
McCurry, Stephanie
Author:
null, Stephanie
Subject:
Politics and government
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
History, American | Early 19th Century
Subject:
History, American | Southern
Subject:
Americana-General
Series Volume:
Volume I
Publication Date:
19971131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
9 tables, 1 map, 1 halftone
Pages:
344
Dimensions:
9.20x6.12x.97 in. 1.09 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this innovative study of the South Carolina Low Country, author Stephanie McCurry explores the place of yeomanry in plantation society--the complex web of domestic and public relations within which they were enmeshed, and the contradictory politics of slave society by which these small-holdings landowners achieved status from the region's powerful planters.
"Synopsis" by , In this innovative study of the South Carolina Low Country, McCurry explores the place of the yeomanry in plantation society, the complex web of domestic and public relations within which they were enmeshed, and the contradictory politics of slave society by which that class of small farmers

extracted the privileges of masterhood from the region's powerful planters. Insisting on the centrality of women as historical actors and gender as a category of analysis, the book shows how the fateful political choices made by the lowcountry yeomanry were rooted in the politics of the household:

in the customary relations of power male heads of independent households assumed over their dependents, whether slaves or free women and children. Such masterly prerogatives, practiced in the domestic sphere and redeemed in the public, explain the yeomanry's deep commitment to slavery and

ultimately, their ardent embrace of secession. By placing the yeomanry in the center of the drama, McCurry offers a significant reinterpretation of this volatile society on the road to Civil War. Through careful and creative use of a wide variety of archival sources, she brings vividly to life the

small worlds of yeoman households, and the larger world of the South Carolina Low Country, the plantation South, and nineteenth-century America.

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