The ‘redirect’ in the passage refers to the two decades of debate not to the 18th and 19th century. Think of it this way, a group is discussing an issue and a person comes along and basically says, “Hey, we have to think of this issue differently.”
In this case, the issue is women’s status in the 18th and 19th century. Lebsock clearly address this (or takes a position) in the lines:
She concludes that
while women gained autonomy in some areas,
especially in the private sphere, they lost it in many
aspects of the economic sphere.
The focus of course is the question, which is asking how she differs from B&B. For (C) to be the correct answer, the passage would need to clearly indicate that Lebsock never took a position. Perhaps the debate was too vague, etc. And, by contrast, the passage would have to outline how B&B clearly took a position.
According to the passage, though, the difference between B&B and Lebsock is clear:
“Buel and Buel’s biography of
Mary Fish (1736–1818) makes little effort to place
her story in the context of recent historiography on
women. Lebsock, meanwhile, attempts not only to
write the history of women in one southern
community, but also to redirect two decades of
historiographical debate as to whether women
gained or lost status in the nineteenth century as
compared with the eighteenth century”
Let me know if that helps!
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