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The Devil's LaneSex and Race in the Early South$
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Catherine Clinton and Michele Gillespie

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195112436

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195112436.001.0001

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Clio's Daughters Southern Colonial Women and Their Historians

Clio's Daughters Southern Colonial Women and Their Historians

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The Devil's Lane

Carol Berkin

Oxford University Press

This chapter reconstructs the lives of southern colonial women in order to understand the relationship between race and gender. It notes that the scholarship on southern colonial women forces a reinterpretation of any generalization that have developed—and a canonized usage—about gender ideals, and the impetus or motive forces behind their change or persistence. It focuses on three areas of scholarship—demographic studies, legal studies, and the study of women's work roles, in the home and in the field. It explains that the demographic literature provided by southern colonial women historians provides the knowledge about women's lives and experiences. It explores the historically particular institutional environment in which colonial white southern women operated and about the social world in which they functioned. It also outlines the demographic profile of African-American women in the early South.

Keywords:   southern colonial white women, Southern colonial African-American women, gender, demographic studies, legal studies, work roles, historians

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