By Erika L. Murr
A insurgent spouse in Texas bargains a unique glimpse into nineteenth-century southern tradition during the eyes of an enthralling and intricate lady who, as a fabricated from that tradition, either respected and reviled it.
Elizabeth Scott Neblett was once raised in a slaveholding family members in jap Texas. regardless of the frontier stipulations, she used to be greatly a southern belle who embraced traditional dictates and aspired to the “cult of real womanhood.” Neblett entered romantic marriage and motherhood with optimism, yet over the years her stories as a spouse and mom made her critical and more and more despondent. whilst the Civil battle ripped away the prevailing social constitution and took her husband clear of domestic, she was once pressed to imagine lots of his tasks, together with coping with the relatives estate and its 11 slaves. pissed off through a growing to be feel of powerlessness and inadequacy, she usually 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 an individual gaining knowledge of the nineteenth-century South, now not least for its observations on slave and sophistication kin, local politics, lynching, farm administration, clinical practices, psychological ailment, and the Civil conflict in Texas. It additionally bargains an uncommonly intimate viewpoint on marriage in the course of that period. The frankness, desperation, and element with which Neblett discusses contraception and baby rearing make this a distinct number of letters.
Elizabeth Scott Neblett’s autobiographical list is the attention-grabbing story of 1 woman’s life—a existence either traditional and striking. it's also, in vital methods, the broader tale of a tradition hire through turmoil from inside 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