Our panel examines the roles of women in the transitory period of 1880-1920. As the South sought to reestablish white patriarchal dominion, ensuring that men remained in control, the rest of the nation grappled with the decision to allow women greater participation in society. Women actively challenged these efforts to restrict their roles within families and to exclude them from the public arena. By refusing to remain in their appointed place, women broke boundaries, rejected imposed definitions, and spurned their assigned spheres.
Our panel thus far consists of one paper on an elite African-American woman and her travels at the turn of the century. Her utilization of the developing national highway system indicated her participation in the emerging modern society, as she confronted Jim Crow America during her travels. The second paper examines the role of memory and motherhood, and how black women, formerly enslaved or the daughters of freedwomen, incorporated the memory of gendered exploitation in raising their daughters during the late nineteenth century. We are seeking a paper that fits in with the theme of the panel, as well as the greater theme of the conference. Please send abstract that outlines your papers argument, as well as its connection to the theme of our panel.
Lynn Cowles Wartberg
University of Southern Mississippi
Department of History
118 College Drive, #5047
Hattiesburg, MS 39406 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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