In Their Own Way
InTheir Own Way
InTheir Own Way
Themain idea in Leslie Schwalm’s : Women and Work inthe Postbellum South, wasthe role women slaves played in the antebellum plantation and in theending of slavery. Women’s femininity did not dictate a passivepart for them in their slavery life and their sought for freedom. Thewar and Restoration made them get into contact with the legislativeauthorities making them develop power, and also aided them in thedevelopment of economic and social policies1.This idea is true because Schwalm described the lives of slave womenin the rice farms comprising their work on the grounds, in thehousehold, and in their homes. During the Civil War, women partook inthe war both willingly and unwillingly, and after the war, they triedto seek self-determination by trying to shape their labor type,domestic settings, and how they related to the government officialsand the white Southerners.
Iagree with the reading because it examines the way black womenexperienced labor and life, unlike other stories which mainly focuson how the male blacks underwent social, political, and economicadvancement during slavery. Despite various cases of sexual abuse ofthe black women by the white Union troops, Schwalm opted to focus ontheir strengths and struggles to find freedom. Most of the discussionfalls on slavery and freedom making the black women become the centerof attention2Therefore, the constantly developing body of knowledge about gendergrew through the contribution of Leslie Schwalm who documented thatthe black women participated actively in the Civil War. Moreover, theterm freedmen no longer signifies all the African Americans butallows for the realization of the differences between a freedwomanand a freedman.
Schwalm,Leslie A. 2013. AHard Fight For We.3rd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
1 Schwalm, Leslie A. 2013. A Hard Fight For We. 3rd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
2 Schwalm, Leslie A. 2013. A Hard Fight For We. 3rd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
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