The Women of the South in War Times. Matthew Page Andrews.

The Women of the South in War Times.

Baltimore: The Norman, Remington Co., 1920. First edition of this collection of personal narratives of Confederate women. With four photo plates (including frontispiece). Some dustsoiling to cloth. Ink ownership signature (1921) of a Mrs. E.L. Merry to front pastedown. Foxing to a few leaves. One plate loose, laid in at original position. A very good, tight copy. Publisher’s red cloth titled in gilt. Octavo. xvii, [2], 466 pp. Item #17192

The present work begins with a foreword defending the people of the Confederacy, particularly women. The author presents the narratives collected here to humanize the women of the South and avoid the “well-intended but somewhat doubt-provoking abundance of perfervid eloquence heaped upon them by a certain type of orator much given to flowery speech,” (p. 3). Matthew Page Andrews (1879 – 1947) was an editor, author, and prominent Southern historian. He was the nephew of Thomas Nelson Page (1853 – 1922), the Confederacy-born author and lawyer. Andrews also wrote The Tercentenary History of Maryland, The Old Dominion, A History of the United States, and The American’s Creed and Its Meaning. He was also the editorial advisor to the Yale University Press film series Chronicles of America. Andrews was staunch defender of aristocratic Southern white opinion: he was opposed, for example, to Republicans, prohibitionists, and abolitionists. He was also a supporter of the 1931 “Faithful Slave Memorial” at Harper’s Ferry and played a principal role in the controversy surrounding the memorial.

West Virginia and Regional History Center (West Virginia University) website. Matthew Page Andrews correspondence collection summary.

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