When southern women remove their gloves, they speak their minds. The ten timely and provocative essays in Taking Off the White Gloves represent the collective wisdom of some of the finest scholars on women's history in the American South. On the eve of the thirtieth anniversary of the Southern Association for Women Historians, this volume brings together some of the outstanding lectures delivered by distinguished members of the association over the past fifteen years. Spanning four centuries of women's experiences in the South, the topics featured in Taking Off the White Gloves range from Native American sexuality and European conquest to woman suffrage in the South, from black women's protest history to the status of women in the historical profession today. Despite diverse subject matter, these rich essays share important qualities. They take an integrative approach, combining literary analysis, social history, cultural interpretation, labor history, popular culture, and oral history. Embracing the distinctiveness of the southern past and women's experiences within the past, they also recognize the inextricability of critical categories such as sexuality and gender, race and gender, and women and work. Finally, these essays emphasize the authors' commitment to the belief that personal is political; they reveal the subtle and not so subtle ways that women transform theory into practice. Taking Off the White Gloves invites a new understanding of the complexities that surround the history of southern women across race, class, place, and time. A model of innovative and imaginative scholarly historical writing, this book provides fertile ground for young scholars and is sure to inspire new research.
Michele Gillespie is Associate Professor of History at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia. She and Catherine Clinton have coedited The Devil's Lane: Sex and Race in the Early South - Catherine Clinton is the Douglas Southall Freeman Professor of History at the University of Richmond. She is the author or editor of several books, including The Other Civil War: American Women in the Nineteenth Century.
Sassing Fate: Women Workers in the Twentieth-Century South by Mary Frederickson - Woman Suffrage and White Supremacy: A Virginia Case Study by Suzanne Lebsock - Sex and the Sectional Conflict by Catherine Clinton - Clio's Daughters: Whence and Whither by Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton - Columbus Meets Pocahontas in the American South by Theda Perdue - Experiencing the American Revolution by Jean B. Lee - Unfinished Business by Anne Firor Scott - ""But She Can't Find Her (V.O.) Key"" by Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore - Tokens of Affection: The First Three Women Presidents of the SHA by Carol Bleser - ""A Stronger Soul within a Finer Frame"": Writing a Literary History of Black Women by Darlene Clark Hine