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Home and Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic
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 The image of the colonial "goodwife," valued for her contribution to household prosperity, had been replaced by the image of a "dependent" and a "non-producer."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 ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published January 20th 1994 by Oxford University Press, USA
(first published November 15th 1990)
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Dec 30, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: womens historians, american historians, history students
Recommended to Michael by: David Johnson
In this book, Jeanne Boydston challenged traditional, largely Marxist, assumptions about the value of women’s contribution to the labor market in the development of capitalism in the United States. This book has become a classic of sorts, although for me it isn’t so groundbreaking as to qualify for five stars. She provides a great deal of evidence for the economic significance of women’s work, as well as demonstrating the changing definition of women’s role in the household over time. She finds, ...more