Work of the Fellows: Edited Volumes

Writing Women’s History: A Tribute to Anne Firor Scott

Edited by Elizabeth Anne Payne (NHC Fellow, 2008–09)

Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010

From the publisher’s description:

Contributions by Laura F. Edwards, Crystal Feimster, Glenda E. Gilmore, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Darlene Clark Hine, Mary Kelley, Markeeva Morgan, Anne Firor Scott, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, and Deborah Gray White

Anne Firor Scott's The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830-1930 stirred a keen interest among historians in both the approach and message of her book. Using women's diaries, letters, and other personal documents, Scott brought to life southern women as wives and mothers, as members of their communities and churches, and as sometimes sassy but rarely passive agents. She brilliantly demonstrated that the familiar dichotomies of the personal versus the public, the private versus the civic, which had dominated traditional scholarship about men, could not be made to fit women's lives. In doing so, she helped to open up vast terrains of women's experiences for historical scholarship.

This volume, based on papers presented at the University of Mississippi's annual Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium in Southern History, brings together essays by scholars at the forefront of contemporary scholarship on American women's history. Each regards The Southern Lady as having shaped her historical perspective and inspired her choice of topics in important ways. These essays together demonstrate that the power of imagination and scholarly courage manifested in Scott's and other early American women historians' work has blossomed into a gracious plentitude.

Subjects
History / Gender and Sexuality / American History / Women's History / American South / Historiography / The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830-1930 / Anne Firor Scott /

Payne, Elizabeth Anne (NHC Fellow, 2008–09), ed. Writing Women's History: A Tribute to Anne Firor Scott. Chancellor Porter L. Fortune Symposium in Southern History Series. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2010.