Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-263) and index.
Gender of violence -- "Beyond the limits of decency": women in slavery -- Making "better girls": mistresses, slave women, and the claims of domesticity -- "Nothing but deception in them": the war within -- Out of the house of bondage: a sundering of ties, 1865-1866 -- "Makeshift kind of life": free women and free homes -- "Wild notions of right and wrong": from the plantation household to the wilder world.
Glymph challenges popular depictions of mistresses as 'friends' and 'allies' of slaves in the plantation household.
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