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Plantations in Ruins: Further Reading

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Further Reading

Find resources related to white Southern women and Southern plantations on this page, or access a general bibliography for Reconstruction in the State by State section of this site.

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First-Person Narratives of the American South, 1860-1920
The Library of Congress's American Memory Web site presents over 100 printed texts from the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, documenting the culture of the nineteenth-century American South from the viewpoint of Southerners. It includes the diaries, autobiographies, memoirs, travel accounts, and ex-slave narratives of not only prominent individuals, but also of relatively inaccessible populations: women, African Americans, enlisted men, laborers, and Native Americans.

Ten Years on a Georgia Plantation Since the War
Part of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's Documenting the American South archive, Frances Butler Leigh's personal memoir was published in 1883. Leigh describes her own experience in Georgia after the war, when she returned to her family's coastal rice plantation and struggled to rebuild it without slaves.

America's Reconstruction: Memory and Mourning
The Digital History Web site, a collaboration between the University of Houston, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and other institutions, presents an online version of Eric Foner and Olivia Mahoney's exhibit on Reconstruction. This section describes Confederate responses to defeat.


Eichstedt, Jennifer L., and Stephen Small. Representations of Slavery: Race and Ideology in Southern Plantation Museums. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 2002.

Gilpin Faust, Drew, A Sacred Circle: The Dilemma of the Intellectual in the Old South, 1840-1860. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1977.

----. Southern Stories: Slaveholders in Peace and War. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1992.

----. James Henry Hammond and the Old South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1982.

----. The Creation of Confederate Nationalism: Ideology and Identity in the Civil War South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1988.

Horwitz, Tony. Confederates in the Attic. New York: Pantheon Books, 1998.

Mood, Frances Asbury. Autobiography of F.A. Mood.. Georgetown, Texas, 1875, South Carolina Historical Society.

Roark, James L. Masters Without Slaves. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 1977.

Stone, Kate. Brokenburn: The Journal of Kate Stone, 1861-1868. Edited by John Q. Anderson. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1955, 1972.

Sutherland, Daniel E. Seasons of War. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1995.

Wayne, Michael. The Reshaping of Plantation Society: The Natchez District, 1860-1880. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1983.

Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. The Shaping of Southern Culture: Honor, Grace and War, 1760s-1880s. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2001.

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