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Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America
The history of women's political involvement has focused heavily on electoral politics, but throughout the twentieth century women engaged in grassroots activism when they found it increasingly challenging to feed their families and balance their household ledgers. Politics of the Pantry examines how working- and middle-class American housewives used their identity as hous ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published October 13th 2017 by Oxford University Press, USA
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This excellent U.S. working class history book takes the reader to homes, grocery stores, and streets in a world that is almost the exact opposite of that portrayed in AMC's Mad Men. While Don Draper and Sally Olsen worked out ways to display Dutch beer in grocery stores to catch the eye of the country's housewives, real housewives across the United States waged a grassroots struggle to ensure that their husbands and families had enough to eat on a working person's wages. Imagine that just behin ...more
Reads like the academic book it is. Points out relationship between home lives and political power and how that changed over the years. If one lived through the 1960s and 1970s, the latter chapters ring familiar. Would like to see author further explore the hegemony of conservative values in home lives after the election of Ronald Reagan. Was worth the time to read.