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A (Hair) Work of Memory: Mattanna Fairchild’s Decorative Memorial Works in the Post War South

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Horn, Jennifer Clark, Lauren
dc.creator Clark, Lauren 2015-04-27 2016-10-09T14:47:54Z 2016-10-09T14:47:54Z
dc.description.abstract In the latter half of the 1860s Mattanna Fairchild created a large memorial hair wreath, composed of the hair of those Confederate soldiers who fell during the Battle of Raymond, Mississippi, which happened on her family property. A large decorative piece, which remained in the familial home until 2014, the wreath is densely laden with symbolism. Mattanna's fancy work served to showcase the ideals of the Old South and her beloved Confederacy, the passing of which she mourned alongside the dead. This thesis will argue that memorial handiworks, such as Mattanna Fairchild's massive hair wreath, were part of the same movement among Southern women of the late nineteenth century that saw the erection of Confederate monuments across the nation. These works helped to construct social concepts of race and gender as they related to being “Southern” and aided in making those ideals more palatable to the North, by showcasing white southerners’ gentility and Southern women’s domestic piety.
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject mourning, 19th century en_US
dc.subject hairwork en_US
dc.subject Confederate memorialization en_US
dc.subject domestic handiwork en_US
dc.subject Confederate women en_US
dc.title A (Hair) Work of Memory: Mattanna Fairchild’s Decorative Memorial Works in the Post War South en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Master of Arts in History of Decorative Arts en_US Master's en_US History of Decorative Arts en_US George Mason University en_US

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