Home And Work

Author: Jeanne Boydston
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Over the course of a two hundred year period, women's domestic labor gradually lost its footing as a recognized aspect of economic life in America. The image of the colonial "goodwife," valued for her contribution to household prosperity, had been replaced by the image of a "dependent" and a "non-producer." This book is a history of housework in the United States prior to the Civil War. More particularly, it is a history of women's unpaid domestic labor in the context of the emergence of an industrialized society in the northern United States. Boydston argues that just as a capitalist economic order had first to teach that wages were the measure of a man's worth, it had at the same time, implicitly or explicitly, to teach that those who did not draw wages were dependent and not essential to the "real economy." Developing a striking account of the gender and labor systems that characterized industrializing America, Boydston explains how this effected the devaluation of women's unpaid labor.

Home And Work

Author: Jeanne Boydston
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780195085617
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A striking account of the gender and labor systems that characterized industrializing America, this work is a history of women's unpaid domestic labor in the United States prior to the Civil War.

Victorian Countrywomen

Author: Pamela Horn
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9780631155225
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This is the first study of Victorian countrywomen of all kinds from teh aristocracy and gentry to the artisan and labouring classes. Previous accounts of nineteenth-century rural life have tended to concentrate on men, an imbalance which this book seeks to rectify. The author examines the mixture of stability and change in these women′s lives, and considers their distinctive role in the shaping of rural England and Wales. Pamela Horn brings to life the daily round of chores and relaxation in manor house, rectory, farm and cottage. Her account provides a fascinating picture of women at work, and her vivid descriptions of the lighter side of country life, including social events, courtship and marriage make particularly captivating reading. The contemporary preoccupation with female domesticity undoubtedly affected women′s social and economics status in their communities. Yet, the author show how the rise of the professions, and the training of women to work as eachers, nurses and midwives gave thema new prominence in rural society widely at variance with the traditional picture of the Victorial wife and mother.

From Cotton Belt To Sunbelt

Author: Bruce J. Schulman
Publisher: Duke University Press
ISBN: 9780822315377
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From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt investigates the effects of federal policy on the American South from 1938 until 1980 and charts the close relationship between federal efforts to reform the South and the evolution of activist government in the modern United States. Decrying the South’s economic backwardness and political conservatism, the Roosevelt Administration launched a series of programs to reorder the Southern economy in the 1930s. After 1950, however, the social welfare state had been replaced by the national security state as the South’s principal benefactor. Bruce J. Schulman contrasts the diminished role of national welfare initiatives in the postwar South with the expansion of military and defense-related programs. He analyzes the contributions of these growth-oriented programs to the South’s remarkable economic expansion, to the development of American liberalism, and to the excruciating limits of Sunbelt prosperity, ultimately relating these developments to southern politics and race relations. By linking the history of the South with the history of national public policy, Schulman unites two issues that dominate the domestic history of postwar America—the emergence of the Sunbelt and the expansion of federal power over the nation’s economic and social life. A forcefully argued work, From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt, originally published in 1991(Oxford University Press), will be an important guide to students and scholars of federal policy and modern Southern history.

Promise To The Land

Author: Joan M. Jensen
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Beginning with personal accounts of the author's own experiences on a farm commune in the 1970s, Joan Jensen draws on oral history, iconography, and material culture to expand our knowledge of previously invisible women.

The Limits Of Sisterhood

Author: Jeanne Boydston
Publisher: UNC Press Books
ISBN: 9780807842072
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The authors alternate their own analyses of the lives of Catharine Esther Beecher, Harrier Beecher Stowe, and Isabella Beecher Hooker with excerpts from the sisters' private and public papers which illustrate key themes within the nineteenth century debate about the woman's sphere.

To Serve Well And Faithfully

Author: Sharon V. Salinger
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ISBN: 9780788416668
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Thousands crossed the Atlantic to labor as bound workers in the Quaker colony. They came with little more than vague promises that servitude would propel them toward a future that would enable them to lead independent lives. What motivated them to take th

From Slavery To The Cooperative Commonwealth

Author: Alex Gourevitch
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107033179
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This book reconstructs how a group of nineteenth-century labor reformers appropriated and radicalized the republican tradition. These "labor republicans" derived their definition of freedom from a long tradition of political theory dating back to the classical republics. In this tradition, to be free is to be independent of anyone else's will - to be dependent is to be a slave. Borrowing these ideas, labor republicans argued that wage laborers were unfree because of their abject dependence on their employers. Workers in a cooperative, on the other hand, were considered free because they equally and collectively controlled their work. Although these labor republicans are relatively unknown, this book details their unique, contemporary, and valuable perspective on both American history and the organization of the economy.

From Marriage To The Market

Author: Susan Thistle
Publisher: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 0520245903
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"This is a provocative and fresh synthesis of the history of white and black women's work at home and in the market, as well as a history of the family over the last century. It represents a staggering volume of scholarship."--Paula England, author of Comparable Worth: Theories and Evidence "From Marriage to Market shows how our world has been turned inside out and what we must do to get it right again. Thistle argues that in the collision between families and the market, care giving has been the victim. Refusing to anoint the 1950's as the golden era of shared prosperity to which we should all strive to return, this book shows us a way forward."--Heidi Hartmann, Institute for Women's Policy Research "From Marriage to Market offers groundbreaking thought on the 20th century collapse of women's domestic economy. Thistle shows the utter failure of social policy to tackle this transformation, which produced new forms of race and class inequities among women. This book makes a powerful claim for all women's rightful share of the prosperity their domestic and waged labor helped to create. This is a stunning contribution to the movement to recognize the value of women's work."--Dorothy Roberts, author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and The Meaning of Liberty