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Author Clark, Emily, 1954-

Title Masterless mistresses : the New Orleans Ursulines and the development of a new world society, 1727-1834 / Emily Clark
Published Williamsburg, Va. : Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture ; Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©2007


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 287 pages) : illustrations
Series Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia
Contents Acknowledgments -- List of illustrations -- List of tables -- List of abbreviations. -- Introduction. -- Prelude : Old world origins : female piety and social imperatives in Europe. -- Part 1. Transplantations : the French legacy: 1. Making a match : the Ursuline mission to New Orleans -- 2. The order was well kept : creating and sustaining community -- 3. Inner spirit, outward signs : French feminine piety at work. -- Part 2. Transformations : old world to new: 4. Differences of nation and mentality : testing the bonds of community -- 5. It is custom of the country : the Ursuline encounter with slavery -- 6. The wages of zeal : change and the convent economy. -- Part 3. Confrontations : a Catholic colony meets a Protestant nation: 7. The Republic encounters the nun. -- Epilogue: A woman of masculine appearance and character : antebellum anti-Catholicism. -- Appendix 1. Convent population, 1727-1803 -- Appendix 2. Ursuline slave families. -- Index
Summary During French colonial rule in Louisiana, nuns from the French Company of Saint Ursula came to New Orleans and educated women and girls in literacy, numeracy and the Catholic faith. Although religious women had gained acceptance and authority in seventeenth-century France, the New World was less welcoming. Emily Clark explores the transformations required of the Ursulines as their distinctive female piety collided with slave society, Spanish colonial rule, and Protestant hostility. By incorporating their story into the history of early America, this work exposes the limits of the republican model of national unity
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Ursulines of New Orleans (New Orleans, La.)
Ursulines -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- History
Ursulines of New Orleans (New Orleans, La.)
HISTORY -- United States -- Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
RELIGION -- Institutions & Organizations.
New Orleans (La.) -- Church history
Louisiana -- New Orleans
New Orleans, La.
New Orleans -- kyrkohistoria.
Genre/Form Church history
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006033612
ISBN 9781469601069