In the Affairs of the World: Women, Patriarchy, and Power in Colonial South Carolina Cara Anzilotti

ISBN: 9780313320316

Published: May 30th 2002

Hardcover

232 pages


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In the Affairs of the World: Women, Patriarchy, and Power in Colonial South Carolina  by  Cara Anzilotti

In the Affairs of the World: Women, Patriarchy, and Power in Colonial South Carolina by Cara Anzilotti
May 30th 2002 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 232 pages | ISBN: 9780313320316 | 7.78 Mb

This book examines how, quite by accident and under very unfortunate circumstances, Britains colony of South Carolina afforded women an unprecedented opportunity for economic autonomy. Though the colony prospered financially, throughout the colonialMoreThis book examines how, quite by accident and under very unfortunate circumstances, Britains colony of South Carolina afforded women an unprecedented opportunity for economic autonomy.

Though the colony prospered financially, throughout the colonial period the death rate remained alarmingly high, keeping the white population small. This demographic disruption allowed white women a degree of independence unknown to their peers in most of Englands other mainland colonies, for, as heirs of their male relatives, an unusually large proportion of women controlled substantial amounts of real estate.

Their economic independence went unchallenged by their male peers because these women never envisioned themselves as anything more than deputies for their husbands, fathers, brothers, and friends.As far as low country settlers were concerned, allowing women to assume the role of planter was necessary to the creation of a traditional, male-centered society in the colony.

Fundamentally conservative, women in South Carolina worked to safeguard the patriarchal social order that the areas staggering mortality rate threatened to destroy. Critical to the perpetuation of English culture and patriarchal authority in South Carolina, female planters attended to the affairs of the world and helped to preserve English society in a wilderness setting.



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