Women Of The American Civil War Essay

808 Words Nov 29th, 2016 4 Pages
A. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War by Drew Gilpin Faust is a colorful depiction of southern women during the Civil War.
B. As a reader I was able to gain important knowledge and insight on how the privileged women lived their lives. While comparing how their lives changed from the very beginning of the war and to the end.
C. Faust used diaries, newspapers, political documents and expressive letters to show the variety of lives that women during the Civil War lived.
D. Faust developed a story of the civil war from the eyes of the women of the South who felt left out of the war and wanted to contribute.
The book, containing 11 chapters, explains how the Civil War influenced the lives of the wealthy and privileged women of the south.
1. Mothers of Invention: Women of the Slaveholding South in the American Civil War, developed its theme early on.
a. Women of the south in comparison to the women of the north, stood to lose everything; their homes, and families, along with their status in society.
i. Privileged women of the south defined their status in regards to the wealth they had in order to afford them amount of slaves they owned. ii. Letters were written by women such as Lucy Wood, writing to her fiancé that was fighting in the war. She was describing the troubling issues women dealt with and the feeling of abandonment.
b. The women of the slaveholding south had to change their ways and confront the issues that…

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