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Politics of the Pantry: Housewives, Food, and Consumer Protest in Twentieth-Century America

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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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Tequila
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Paul Deaton
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
Ashley
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Informative but not particularly interesting; I found it readable but rather dull. Maybe just not my cup of tea, I suppose.
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