This summer I am reading up on the Civil War. The Plantation mistress looks at the wives of those men who had huge plantations. You know the woman who always get romantized. Clinton does a good job of illustrating how restricted the women were while not using that as a reason to feel sorry for the women or as an excuse for slave owners. A delicate balancing act.
The role of a plantation mistress seems to have been one of lonely work with little credit.
The prose of the book can be dull, but it is interesting, especially in regards to education.
Part of Summer Civil War Reading