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dc.creatorPayne, Jennifer Marie
dc.date.accessioned 2007-05-09T18:29:37Z
dc.date.available 2007-05-09T18:29:37Z
dc.date.issued 1996
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1911/14084
dc.description.abstract The fifteen married women whose wills were probated in Amite County, Mississippi between 1840 and 1919 were linked by geographical proximity, church affiliation, and similar social status. Their estate papers indicate that after the legal changes of 1839 allowed a married woman in Mississippi to act as a feme sole in regards to her own property, Amite County wives took advantage of the law and acted independently from their husbands. While the antebellum wills concerned slaves and plantation properties, the wills written at the turn of the century distribute commercial properties and personal items. The information provided in these testaments and estate papers give evidence of the social and economic changes experienced by the region and the South during those eight decades.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.subjectSociology
Individual & family studies
dc.title Independent minds and shared community: Married women's wills in Amite County, Mississippi, 1840-1919
dc.type.genre Thesis
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thesis.degree.department History
thesis.degree.discipline Humanities
thesis.degree.grantor Rice University
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts
dc.identifier.citation Payne, Jennifer Marie. "Independent minds and shared community: Married women's wills in Amite County, Mississippi, 1840-1919." (1996) Master’s Thesis, Rice University. http://hdl.handle.net/1911/14084.


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