Never Done A History of American Housework

ISBN-10: 0805067744
ISBN-13: 9780805067743
Edition: Revised 
Authors: Susan Strasser
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Description: Finally back in print, with a new Preface by the author, this lively, authoritative, and pathbreaking study considers the history of material advances and domestic service, the "women's separate sphere," and the respective influences of advertising,  More...

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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 11/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Finally back in print, with a new Preface by the author, this lively, authoritative, and pathbreaking study considers the history of material advances and domestic service, the "women's separate sphere," and the respective influences of advertising, home economics, and women's entry into the workforce. Never Done begins by describing the household chores of nineteenth-century America: cooking at fireplaces and on cast-iron stoves, laundry done with boilers and flatirons, endless water-hauling and fire-tending, and so on. Strasser goes on to explain and explore how industrialization transformed the nature of women's work. Easing some tasks and eliminating others, new commercial processes inexorably altered women's daily lives and relationships—with each other and with those they served.

Susan Strasser is the author of the award winning "Never Done" & "Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market." Her articles have appeared in "The New York Times," "The Washington Post," & "The Nation." A professor of history at the University of Delaware, she lives near Washington, D.C.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Prologue: Never Done
Daily Bread
Out of the Frying Pan
The Home Fires
At the Flick of A Switch
Fetch a Pail of Water
Blue Monday
A Stitch in Time
The Boarder
Mistress and Maid
Redeeming Woman's Profession
The Business of Housekeeping
When the Bough Breaks
Selling Mrs. Consumer
Quick and Easy
You Deserve a Break
Life on the Market
Source Notes
Picture Credits
Index

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