How Did Slavery Affect Southern Women

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My research paper is about the effect that slavery had on southern women and how the effect changed and evolved prior to, during, and after the Civil War. I am aiming to uncover and piece together how slavery affected Southern Women and how the absence of slavery shaped their personal beliefs after the Confederacy lost the war. I have also begun the process of finalizing my paper 's thesis, so this way I will be able to plan out what I plan on writing. With help from Professor Morreale, I have located multiple books that are about slavery or reference it. My main issues so far have revolved around trying to figure out how to explain the effects of slavery had on women during a ten year period divided into three specific periods of time. As …show more content…
Since this paper current goal is to link how slavery affected Southern Women before, and during the civil war as well as how the absence of slavery and the fall of the Confederacy led to the creation of the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy” and the Daughters of the Confederacy, and the attempts at changing the meaning of the war. My paper is thus going to track how slavery changed women with the South’s decline, and would eventually lead to the group rise to powers. My current tentative thesis is, “Southern Women Slave holders went from living carefree lives of luxury, gained independence and free thought from a male dominated society, only to lose all of their most valuable of property, their slaves, being told that their lifestyles were morally wrong and in the process lost their independence”. This subsequent loss of independence caused resentment and anger towards both the North, who they believed were jealous of their wealth and lives of luxury, and towards the ex-slaves because they gained the freedom that Southern women believed they lost lead to creation of the Daughters of the Confederacy and the belief in the “Lost Cause of the Confederacy.” This thesis in my opinion involves enough factors that should keep me on topic, while simultaneously limiting my writing towards the issues at …show more content…
These roadblocks are what is currently preventing my work on the paper. My main roadblock is that due to the nature of my research, which primarily deals with revisionist history and searching for the true origins of groups like the Daughters of the Confederacy, and other Civil War revisionist groups, this is because they have most likely erased and or revised their own origins much like they have been doing to the Confederacy. I have also debated whether or not to include current events in this paper that were caused by history revision such as how textbooks now refer to the war being fought over “State Rights” how the confederate battle flag is not a symbol of racism, and discrimination. I am also working on locating sources about how Women coped with their husband’s departure from their land them being forced to run their plantation, similar to the character Aba, a character from the historical fiction novel Cold Mountain written by Charles Fraizer, who was a well-educated southern women who was married to a confederate soldier, but instead she is forced to run the entire plantation and keep control of her slaves. I should be able to move past these issues once I have done more research on the subjects mentioned above and have begun planning out the

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