This collection of essays by eight scholars of southern women's history traces the evolution of southern women's lives during the twentieth century. Throughout this era, southern life, and in particular the opportunities for southern women, changed dramatically as southern women have taken leadership roles in business, government, education, and social programs. The essayists employ a variety of approaches, ranging from case studies to historical overviews, but they all carefully place the developments in southern women's lives in a national context. Most important, each author seeks to understand the nature of change in these women's lives over the last century and to forecast the course of their lives in the future. The first effort to synthesize research on southern women during this period, this collection will be useful to both scholars and students of southern history. Students will be provided with an introduction to women's involvement in many areas of southern society, while scholars will appreciate the essays as a guide to new directions for research.
About the Editors Melissa Walker is Associate Professor of History at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. She is the author of All We Knew Was to Farm: Rural Women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941. Jeanette R. Dunn is Director of Personnel at Spartanburg Methodist College and treasurer for the Southern Association for Women Historians. Joe P. Dunn is Charles A. Dana Professor and Chair of History and Politics at Converse College. He is the author or editor of several books, including The Future South: A Historical Perspective for the Twenty-first Century.
Introduction. The Past as Prologue: Perspectives on Southern Women by Joe P. Dunn; Spheres of Economic Activity among Southern Women in the Twentieth Century: An Introduction to the Future by Jacqueline Jones; Stealth in the Political Arsenal of Southern Women: A Retrospective for the Millennium by Sarah Wilkerson-Freeman; Working in the Shadows: Southern Women and Civil Rights by Barbara A. Woods; "Separate but Equal" Case Law and the Higher Education of Women in the Twenty-first Century South by Arny Thompson McCandless; The Changing Character of Farm Life: Rural Southern Women by Melissa Walker; Other Southern Women and the Voices of the Fathers: On Twentieth-Century Writing by Women in the U.S. South by Anne Goodwyn Jones; Southern Women and Religion by Nancy Hardesty; Conclusion by Carol Bleser