Date of Award

August 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Rod Andrew

Committee Member

Caroline Dunn

Committee Member

Vernon Burton


This thesis is about the changing gender roles for women after the Civil War. The subjects of this thesis focuses on a small group of wealthy white women whose wills were filled in the Fulton County Courthouse in the city of Atlanta between 1880-1920. By focusing on the wills of a few select women during this time, this thesis is able to more closely examine the changes in these gender roles as well as their effects on the lives of a handful of women.



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