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The Transformation of Southern Womanhood Through The Eyes Of A North Carolinian Woman

This exhibit will analyze and attempt to interpret Catherine Ann Devereux Edmondston's re-defined perception of southern womanhood throughout the course of the Civil War. A native of Halifax county, North Carolina and daughter of a wealthy plantation owning family, her diary provides insight to the racial, social, and gendered hierarchical structure of the South, during the 19th century. From the Antebellum era to Reconstruction, the transformation that turns her world upside down forces Catherine to absorb new responsibilities both in her public and private spheres, yet she remains loyal and confined in her separate gender sphere adhering to conventional gender expectations of Southern women.


Gehris, Caitlin