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Mom: The Transformation of Motherhood in Modern America

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In the early twentieth-century United States, to speak of “mother love” was to invoke an idea of motherhood that served as an all-encompassing identity, rooted in notions of self-sacrifice and infused with powerful social and political meanings. Sixty years later, mainstream views of motherhood had been transformed, and Mother found herself blamed for a wide array of soci

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Hardcover, 264 pages
Published March 30th 2010 by University Of Chicago Press (first published March 15th 2010)
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Molly Westerman
[I should preface this review by saying that I read Mom not as a historian studying the twentieth-century US (presumably its primary target audience) but as a parent, a feminist, a scholar, and a childbirth/parenting blogger. And I read it for fun, not as part of research for any particular project. So I'm using the book in a particular way that may not be exactly how Plant intended it to be used. That said ...]

The book's final four chapters are very interesting--especially, for me, the final th
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