In Dixie’s Daughters Karen Cox describes the role the elite women in the UDC played in saving the “Old South” and vindicating the Confederacy. The Daughters, as they are better known, had to decide what their rightful role in society and the organization were, what type of non-traditional actions they were willing to take, and how they were able to reconcile the two opposing styles to achieve their goals. Cox describes throughout Dixie’s Daughters how the Daughters were extremely backward looking but also progressive in their actions, and how by embracing both sides the Daughters were able to be extremely successful in all of their endeavors. Southern women’s goal after the Civil War was a simple one: preserve the Old South. This preservation …show more content…
One of the main reasons the Daughters were able to accomplish such progressive thing was because of their power. Their work for the “lost cause” made them influential public figures, and when an organization is comprised of thousands of these people, it has immense power to do as it pleases. For example, when the Daughters built things such as the Robert E. Lee monument and the Missouri home, they had control over the projects because they had earned the money for it. The Daughters were also not afraid to remind people that because they had done the work to earn the money they had the power. Such was the case for the Arlington monument when it was only supposed to be handed over to the Daughters with the condition of a committee of men to oversee the project. However, the UDC came back and accepted the Arlington monument “without conditions” essentially giving women complete power over a major project, something very progressive for the time. This power translated into the political sphere, another very new and progressive thing for women right at the turn of the 20th century. Their political power was so great that presidents Roosevelt, Taft, and Wilson all met with presidents of the UDC to discuss how the federal government could help their cause. This political power was used often to accomplish the goals …show more content…
For instance, the Daughters were able to be in charge of the monuments they built because it was considered “an extension of women’s domestic role as caretakers.” Additionally, event though the Daughters claimed they didn’t have a political agenda, the often became involved in politics if it was for a cause they believed in such as when the Daughters lobbied to preserve the Mississippi Old Capitol. Further, even though “Confederate motherhood” seemed to be strictly a social form from the past, it was actually rather progressive and political because women would have to meet with and persuade people such as state superintendents. The Daughters were successful because they were able to claim that their progressive action was to support their “Old South” values. This allowed members to use their skills to do as they wished “without fear of being criticized as ‘unfeminine.’” As Cox describes, “The UDC allowed Southern women to expand their own traditional sphere as they took an active, and very public, role on behalf of their Confederate ancestors.” By reconciling their traditional roles with their non-traditional activities, the Daughters were able to use their image as Southern ladies to accomplish what could only be done with progressive
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Back in Revolutionary War times. People thought that a woman’s role was to raise law-abiding children. The Daughters of Liberty still took on this role, but they showed that women could do much more than just stay at home, raise children, and do chores around the house. Women like Deborah Sampson showed that women could fight for their freedom, just like men did. By signing agreements, boycotting goods, and helping out a good cause women proved that they could take charge and do anything they put their minds to.
1. Conditions before the 19th amendment In order to understand the following information, it is important to examine the conditions before the 19th amendment was passed. This also helps us to understand the resistance that the women’s suffrage movement faced. Prior to the amendment, women were not legally allowed to vote.
The major role played by African American women in the reconstruction era is revised and illustrated in Tera W. Hunter’s To Joy my Freedom and Elsa Barkley Brown’s article Negotiating and Transforming the Public Sphere: African American Political Life in the Transition from Slavery to Freedom. Both documents analyze the participation and involvement of black women in social and political activities inside of their communities. To Joy my freedom, written by Tera W. Hunter provides an inner look into the lives and strives of African American women – mainly working class – living in Atlanta between the eighteenth and nineteenth century, in the middle of one of the most belligerent environments created in the era of Reconstruction.
During the suffrage movement after 1890, women activists from various backgrounds, started to tackling with various social problems dealing with industrialization and other important topics during that time era. Women wanted to focus on topics that appealed to them as women, and mothers. The campaign to get women’s suffrage took over twenty years to get women the right to vote just like the men around them. In these two decades, women had over 480 campaigns in legislatures, over 200 campaigns in state party conventions and almost 20 campaigns in congress before the women got the same right as men. Women's work in the abolitionist movement played a particularly important role in the creation of an organized women's rights movement.
For women in the Southern Colonies had very few legal rights such as not being able to vote or preach. Most women had difficult jobs most of the women 's jobs were being homemakers. Life for the women were hard and unforgiving. Life for the colonial women had to work on farms.
The Civil War opened up the field of nursing to women, breaking down yet another barrier of the strict gender roles placed on women during the nineteenth century. Women from both the North and the South joined the Civil War as both nurses and “matrons”. The comparison of the way Faust presents Northern and Southern women in the book Mothers of Inventions, lends insight on the similarities and differences between Union and Confederate nurses. According to Faust, Florence Nightingale influenced both Northern and Southern women decision to join nursing during the Civil War (pg 92).
Justin Lau (Wingkit) Professor Rogers History 100AC 29 September 2015 Response Paper: “The Women Is as Bad as the Men- Women 's Participation in the Inner Civil War.” , “General Benjamin Butler and the threat of Sexual Violence during the American Civil War”, “General Butler and the Women” and “The Other Side of the Freedom” A lot of North Carolina women showed uncooperative actions on the disorderliness by participating the protest in order to maintain their communities and social orders. These women would prefer to join the conflict that separated state and community rather than being its victims. Thus, their loyalties to husbands and sons, and strong determination of protecting their own property prompted them to disregard the female’s conventional behaviors.
The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South by Bruce Levine reiterates the compelling story of how the Civil War overturned the economic, political, and social lifestyle of the Old South. This war downright destroyed the Confederacy and the society it both represented and protected ever since the institution of slavery was established. Explained through words from those who endured it, Levine’s work illustrates the way in which a war endeavored to preserve the “status quo” fundamentally become a second American Revolution. The only difference? Soldiers were fighting their neighbors rather than an outside force.
The life of Women in the late 1800s. Life for women in the 1800s began to change as they pushed for more rights and equality. Still, men were seen as better than women, this way of thinking pushed women to break out from the limitations imposed on their sex. In the early 1800s women had virtually no rights and ultimately were not seen as people but they rather seen as items of possession, it wasn’t until the late 1800s that women started to gain more rights. The Civil War actually opened opportunities for women to gain more rights, because with many of the men gone to war women were left with the responsibilities that men usually fulfilled during that time period.
Young females sought to be more adventurous, they were more outspoken, they weren’t afraid of anything and were always willing to do and experiment new things. The classified “New Woman” started to do activities that usually females never used to do before, they played sports, drove cars and danced. Their attitudes made new radical look on women. Women from older generation started to argue about the new generation of women, and disapproved the things they were starting to do. Some women abandoned the traditional, and followed the new women’s rebellion.
“Coming of Age in Mississippi”, a memoir by Anne Moody, details her life story from childhood through her years at college as a young adult in the prime of the civil rights movement in the rural southern United States. This book was first published by Bantam Dell Publishing in 1968, and has been deemed a classic in its recount of Moody’s personal and political struggles against racism as an African American female in the South. I believe this book’s subject matter is social in nature, and deals with many issues including race, class, gender and politics. With the above mentioned, it is my belief that this book is very relative to the social sciences field.
Progressivism was a product of the 20th century, made up mainly of middle class white women and professional men. The roots of the Progressive Movement can be traced back to the labor unions and the Populist party that formed in the late 19th century as a response to the perceived evils of industrialism. The makeup its members, as opposed to the poor immigrants and farmers that constituted both the northern labor unions, gave the Progressive Movement the muscle that it needed to create large social change. Driven by their belief that science was the key to fixing society, Progressives set out to free America from its industrial prison. In his book Triangle, David von Drehle writes, “Impelled by the belief that truth drives out error, they dedicated
The success of the progressive era can be contributed, at least in part, to the large participation of women in these volunteer organizations across the country. Women began to take control of what they considered to be their society as well. Women took an almost maternal approach to the changes they wished to institute.
The civil war had a very profound effect on America and what it has become today. With the civil war many changes took place such as 13th, 14th, and 15th amendment. Women’s rights were put forth into motion. Along with Reconstruction laws being passes and the push back that these laws caused. During this time the south became even more divided and started to take things into account and create their own laws in regards to racism.
It is precisely this expectation, of Southern women’s responsibility for the morale, support, and sacrifice of the Confederacy, that ultimately led to the gradual disapproval of both the government and Southern