By Erika L. Murr
A insurgent spouse in Texas bargains a novel glimpse into nineteenth-century southern tradition in the course of the eyes of an enthralling and intricate girl who, as a made from that tradition, either respected and reviled it.
Elizabeth Scott Neblett used to be raised in a slaveholding family members in japanese Texas. regardless of the frontier stipulations, she was once greatly a southern belle who embraced traditional dictates and aspired to the “cult of precise womanhood.” Neblett entered romantic marriage and motherhood with optimism, yet through the years her studies as a spouse and mom made her critical and more and more despondent. while the Civil struggle ripped away the present social constitution and took her husband clear of domestic, she used to be pressed to imagine lots of his duties, together with coping with the relations estate and its 11 slaves. pissed off by means of a growing to be experience of powerlessness and inadequacy, she often railed in anger opposed to herself, her husband, and her children.
Skillfully edited and annotated, A insurgent spouse in Texas is a wealthy source for somebody getting to know the nineteenth-century South, no longer least for its observations on slave and sophistication kinfolk, nearby politics, lynching, farm administration, scientific practices, psychological sickness, and the Civil battle in Texas. It additionally bargains an uncommonly intimate standpoint on marriage in the course of that period. The frankness, desperation, and aspect with which Neblett discusses contraception and baby rearing make this a special number of letters.
Elizabeth Scott Neblett’s autobiographical list is the attention-grabbing story of 1 woman’s life—a existence either usual and striking. it's also, in vital methods, the broader tale of a tradition lease through turmoil from inside of and without.
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A Rebel Wife in Texas: The Diary and Letters of Elizabeth Scott Neblett, 1852--1864 by Erika L. Murr