"An interesting and accessible book."
—Virginia Quarterly Review
"[A] painstaking analysis of an almost forgotten region and its even more forgotten women . . . The book serves as an excellent reminder that any generalization about women's lives or women's attitudes should be approached with extreme caution."
"Adds significantly to the growing body of literature on the intersection of race, class, and gender in early America . . . Provides very useful historiographical references and tantalizing glimpses into female relationships in the lower South . . . Wood's observations are sure to generate a great deal of new scholarship."
—Journal of Southern History
Studying interactions between female slaves and free women of color, between plantation mistresses and their female slaves, and between the members of a "ladies" charitable society and the young "women" who received their help, Wood brings their diverse worlds to life, including colorful details of their work, religious practices, and even the hidden agendas in their social circles. She offers evidence of extensive family, racial, and social barriers to their awareness and development of a shared identity as women and concludes that although the boundaries between these groups were sometimes permeable, ties of gender seldom superseded considerations of social rank and ethnicity.
Read more about colonial women in Georgia at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.
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