We Have Raised All of You
Motherhood in the South, 1750-1835
Winner of the SAWH Julia Cherry Spruill Prize
Katy Simpson Smith, a writer living in New Orleans, received her PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Praise for We Have Raised All of You
“[Smith’s] aim is ‘to move the conversation from whether or not women had power to something more complex: what power meant, what forms it took, how it was practiced, when it was manipulated or contested, and how it structured women’s lives’ (p. 269). This is no easy task. It requires a broader and deeper cultural exploration of women’s inner lives, their values, and their beliefs. Smith’s book is a promising first step in achieving that end.”—American Historical Review
“[Katy Simpson] Smith incorporates a variety of evidence into her study. . . Given the nature of the sources,the section on white mothers offers more direct access to the inner lives of elite women through letters and diaries, but Smith also skillfully teases out what she can about the lives of poor white women through legal records.”—Journal of the Early Republic
“Smith has made a valuable contribution to gender and southern studies by effectively complicating and humanizing the concept of motherhood. . . . Her text will join the ranks of the few others that tackle this universal and timeless subject.”—Journal of American History
“Smith is . . . using mothering practices as a lens through which to highlight a more nuanced reading of the realities of women’s significant but limited power. This wide-ranging book is a valuable addition to both southern and women’s history.”—North Carolina Historical Review
“Bringing together the experiences of Indian, white, and black mothers into one book certainly makes this work historiographically important but so, too, does the more complex and more complete picture of motherhood in the early South that Smith offers. . . . That one book can not only successfully bring together the multiracial experiences of women but also prove how motherhood ‘offers the key to understanding women as instigators of change’ in this era makes We Have Raised All of You an essential contribution to the field.”—Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
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