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Mama Learned Us to Work: Farm Women in the New South

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Farm women of the twentieth-century South have been portrayed as oppressed, worn out, and isolated. Lu Ann Jones tells quite a different story in Mama Learned Us to Work. Building upon evocative oral histories, she encourages us to understand these women as consumers, producers, and agents of economic and cultural change.

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Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 16th 2002 by University of North Carolina Press
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Melissa
Feb 12, 2017 Melissa rated it liked it
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I can't begin to describe how much I enjoyed reading this book. Bringing light to an aspect of history often ignored--rural women's contributions to the development of modern markets--Jones reveals the important role women played to keep their families afloat and create a sense of agency. I brought it down a few stars because there were several opportunities for further analysis that I wish Jones had taken advantage of. Additionally, she paints a pretty rosy picture of these women's lives, bu
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Based on 200 oral histories collected by Jones for the Smithsonian, this is an intimate analysis of the local and crucial economies created by southern farm women in the 1930s with butter, egg and chicken money, aided by USDA home demonstration agents (young educated women from with progressive streaks) and eventually recognized by businesses as decision makers and "good managers."
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