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Author Tippett, Robin Christine
Title The economic activities of women in McLennan County, Texas, 1850--1880
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Descript 137 p
Note Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 44-04, page: 1675
Adviser: Gregg Cantrell
Thesis (M.A.)--Texas Christian University, 2006
In the antebellum period, single women in McLennan County survived by working, managing inherited estates, or relying on male relatives. In contrast, married women rarely worked outside of the home, hence they occupied a hidden place in the county's economy. During the war, married women, now left alone without their husbands, joined their single counterparts by participating in the market in a variety of ways. They managed plantations, opened businesses, worked in Waco, initiated land trades, and advertised publicly
I argue in this paper that the Civil War and the coinciding urbanization of Waco provided the opportunity for large numbers of women to engage in the market. In addition, these women continued to actively work, trade, and negotiate within the market during the 1870s. Society encouraged this participation through praising editorials, patronage of women-owned businesses, partnership in female-initiated land trades, and a constant supply of work opportunities for women
School code: 0229
Host Item Masters Abstracts International 44-04
Subject History, United States
Women's Studies
Economics, History
Alt Author Texas Christian University
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