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Published long after the war, the diary included many insightful and pointed criticisms of slavery, such as this passage, in which she calls the institution "a monstrous system Under slavery, we live surrounded by prostitutes, yet an abandoned woman is sent out of any decent house.
God, forgive us, but ours is a monstrous system, a wrong and an inequity! Like the patriarchs of old, our men live all in one house with their wives and their concubines; and the mulattos ones sees in every family partly resemble the white children.
Those, she seems to think, drop from the clouds. My disgust sometimes is boiling over.
Thank God for my country women, but alas for the men! They are probably no worse than man everywhere, but the lower the mistresses, the more degraded they must be.
Civil War and Reconstruction Source Mary Boykin Chestnut, edited by C. Historical Era Civil War and Reconstruction Themes Slavery and Abolition Gender and Sexuality. Print and Share.