- U.S. South
- Nineteenth Century United States
- Women and Gender in the U.S. and the World
I am interested in this history of women and gender in the U.S. South from the Civil War through the early twentieth century. My dissertation project examines the use of the ideology of daughterhood in the post-Civil War South both as a rhetorical device used by white southern men to justify their manhood in their celebration of the Lost Cause, as well as a political tool used by white and African American women to forward their respective agendas. By examining patriotic-hereditary societies and other women’s clubs, I analyze how daughterhood was used as an organizing principle for southern women, and the extent to which it influenced their political consciousness. I am also a certificate student in the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Rice.