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Thavolia Glymph

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469653631

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469653631.001.0001

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Home and War

Home and War

“Domestic Sanctuaries” on the Run

(p.19) Chapter One Home and War
The Women's Fight

Thavolia Glymph

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the flight of the South’s low-country slaveholding women and their subsequent lives as refugees. The making of a proslavery nation required keeping the white “home” intact, but Southern, white women were asked to shoulder responsibilities and losses for which they were ill prepared. Southern homes crumbled under the weight of battlefield losses, food shortages, growing dissatisfaction, and slave resistance. These burdens created a white, female refugee problem that, while numerically small, was not new to American warfare. The resulting disintegration of the material and ideological foundations of the plantation household profoundly changed the dynamics of Black and white lives in the South, gender dynamics across race and class, and the meaning of the home.

Keywords:   Low-country, Refugees, Home, Gender, Race, Class, Slaveholding, Plantation, Black women, White women

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