By Susan J. Tracy
This publication explores the best way literature can be utilized to augment social energy. via rigorous readings of a chain of antebellum plantation novels, Susan J. Tracy exhibits how the narrative techniques hired via proslavery Southern writers served to justify and perpetuate the oppression of ladies, blacks, and bad whites. Tracy makes a speciality of the old romances of six authors: George Tucker, James Ewell Heath, William Alexander Caruthers, John Pendleton Kennedy, Nathaniel Beverley Tucker, and William Gilmore Simms. utilizing adaptations on a ordinary plot - within which a tender planter/hero rescues a planter's daughter from an "enemy" of her category - each one of those novelists strengthened an idealized imaginative and prescient of a Southern civilization according to male superiority, white supremacy, and sophistication inequality. it's a international within which white males are represented because the usual leaders of unswerving and based ladies, thankful and docile slaves, and inferior bad whites. based on Tracy, the interweaving of those topics unearths the level to which the Southern safeguard of slavery within the years top as much as the Civil warfare used to be a controversy not just approximately race kin yet approximately gender and sophistication relatives besides.
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My gratitude extends to Joseph Duffey former chancellor at the University of Massachusetts, whose generosity and kindness I will always treasure. The ideas in this book developed over more than a decade as I approached the study of gender, race, and class in American culturefirst as a student and then as a professor. Listing those people who have had an intellectual influence on me hardly seems an adequate tribute, but it will have to suffice. Robert Stanfield, Mason Lowance, Sidney Kaplan, Milton Cantor, Leonard Richards, and Stephen B.
Catherine Clinton of Harvard University has been most generous in her support of me and my work. Clark Dougan and the University of Massachusetts Press should be commended for their willingness to take a chance on an unorthodox project. My sincere appreciation and gratitude to Milton Cantor who as a dear friend and colleague helped me edit a lengthy manuscript down to its bare bones. " Many thanks to those who have dragged this skeptic into the computer age and have bailed me out of major computer disasters: Liz Aaronsohn, Harriet Boyden, Mimi Katz, and Deborah Tomasi.
Representations of Poor Whites 12. The Problem of Class in Southern Society and Southern Literature 177 13. Representations of Poor Whites 185 14. The Problem of the Yeoman Farmer 197 Conclusion 213 Appendix 219 Notes 223 Bibliography 273 Index 297 Page vii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This book would not have been written without the encouragement and support of a number of people. Primary are those who kept me employed during the dismal decade of the eighties, when so many of my comrades were forced out of academia.