By Erika L. Murr
A insurgent spouse in Texas deals a unique glimpse into nineteenth-century southern tradition in the course of the eyes of a charming and intricate girl 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 was once a great deal a southern belle who embraced traditional dictates and aspired to the “cult of actual womanhood.” Neblett entered romantic marriage and motherhood with optimism, yet over the years her reports as a spouse and mom made her serious and more and more despondent. while 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 duties, together with dealing with the family members estate and its 11 slaves. annoyed through a becoming 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 someone getting to know the nineteenth-century South, now not least for its observations on slave and sophistication relatives, local politics, lynching, farm administration, scientific practices, psychological affliction, and the Civil warfare in Texas. It additionally bargains an uncommonly intimate point of view on marriage in the course of that period. The frankness, desperation, and aspect with which Neblett discusses contraception and baby rearing make this a different choice of letters.
Elizabeth Scott Neblett’s autobiographical list is the attention-grabbing story of 1 woman’s life—a lifestyles either traditional and remarkable. it's also, in vital methods, the broader tale of a tradition hire via 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