This study investigates how gender and race became intertwined components of the social order in colonial Virginia. It focuses on two related issues: the role of. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race and · Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, xvi +. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs has ratings and 24 reviews. Susanne said: I LOVE the title of this book. And the subject matter is.
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Elite white men enjoyed the greatest range of social contacts, whereas elite white women experienced greater limitations. This practice, along with making slavery hereditary through the mother, contributed to the cultural shift whereby women of African descent assumed from lower-class English women both the burden of fieldwork and the stigma of moral corruption. Brown argues that this gendered distinction was not just a human classification, but also theoretical affirmation of power that applied to the English’s view of colonization.
Kathleen Brown offers amazing perspective on gender, race and power. By the third generation of Virginian life women had become essential markers of political and economic status, with only African women conceived of exclusively as nasty wenches and English women elevated almost unalterably to good wives, creating conceptions of slavery and gender which were mutually reinforcing. I LOVE the title of this book.
Virginia Colony United States. Indeed, such a methodology permits Brown to focus her attention on gender differences and identify aspects of Virginian life affected by such systematic implications. And the subject matter is fascinating. Brown Book Published by: This practice, along with making slavery hereditary through the mother, contributed to the cultural shift whereby women of African descent assumed from lower-class English women both the burden of fieldwork and the stigma of moral corruption.
Michaela rated it it was amazing Apr 29, In the early years of settlement the meanings and political uses of gender were well established, but ill-fitted to colonial conditions where labor scarcity required women to labor outside the home and keeping male laborers working for established planters rather than themselves was an obsessive preoccupation.
In England and in Virginia, white Britons combined racism with a sense of cultural superiority over This is a whopping tome, but it’s quite good.
Trivia About Good Wives, Nasty Sep 26, Jonathan Edward rated it did not like it. They were restricted by concerns for respectability and safety to interactions within their own class, household employees, and under certain conditions, men of their own class.
Kathleen Brown examines the origins of racism and slavery in British North America from the perspective of gender. Title Page, Copyright Page pp. According to Brown, gender is both a basic social relationship and a model wenchea social hierarchies and it therefore helped determine the construction of racial categories and the institution of slavery legally, politically, as well as socially.
Lists with This Book. From inside the book. Brown shows in detailed asides how Afro-Virginians slaves and freedmen exploited loopholes in Virginia’s racist and misogynist legal system to obtain some privileges.
Both a basic social relationship and a model for other social hierarchies, gender helped determine the construction of racial categories and the institution of slavery in Virginia. Jan 31, Matthew Russell rated it really liked it Shelves: Both a basic social relationship and a model for other social hierarchies, gender helped determine the construction of racial categories and the institution of slavery in Virginia.
Miranda Nathan rated it it was amazing Apr 26, Apr 15, Marianne rated it it was amazing. The Anglo-Indian Gender Frontier pp. The rhetoric used to regard the Native Americans as lesser evolved from language the English used against the Irish and, after the s, the “Blackamoors” of West Africa. I loved the interplay between the various classes of women in Colonial Virginia and the descriptions of the social heiarchies they created.
Feb 22, Jen rated it it was ok Shelves: Elizabeth Thompson Limited preview – Engendering Racial Difference, pp.
I may have enjoyed this book more, were it not assigned as a text book. The day inspired my Fall read. This practice, along with making slavery hereditary through the mother, contributed to the cultural shift whereby women of African descent assumed from lower-class English women both the burden of fieldwork and the stigma of moral corruption.
Vile Rogues and Honorable Men: Aug 06, Anne added it. But the rise of racial slavery also transformed gender relations, including ideals of masculinity. As Virginian society expanded in the s, white male elites deployed a fear of slave revolts, a benign but false rhetoric of paternalism toward slaves and women, and a culture of conspicuous consumption to maintain their power.
From “Foul Crimes” to “Spurious Issue”: That said, and this may be entirely my brain atrophying but, it was a bit of a slow read.
Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia
Pattriarchs ten chapters, Brown explains her argumentation by focusing on three main points of analysis. If you’re at all interested in colonial Virginia, this is definitely the go-to book.
Consequently, good wives were white, nasty wenches were black, and anxious patriarchs resembled insecure white males whom fought to maintain control over rebellious servants, slaves, wives, and children.
Brown’s analysis extends through Bacon’s Rebellion inan important juncture in consolidating the colony’s white male public culture, and into the eighteenth century.