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Never Done : A History of Amererican Housework

Never Done : A History of Amererican Housework - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805067743

ISBN13: 978-0805067743
ISBN10: 0805067744
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Owl Books
Published: 2000
International: No

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Never Done : A History of Amererican Housework - 00 edition

ISBN13: 978-0805067743

Susan Strasser

ISBN13: 978-0805067743
ISBN10: 0805067744
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 00
Publisher: Owl Books

Published: 2000
International: No
Summary

Never Done is the first history of American housework. Beginning with a description of household chores in the nineteenth century -- cooking at fireplaces and on cast-iron stoves, laundry done with wash boilers and flatirons, spring house-cleaning that had to purge the home of a winter's worth of soot and grime, endless water hauling and fire tending -- Susan Strasser demonstrates how industrialization transformed the nature of women's work. Lightening some tasks and eliminating the need for others, new commercial processes inexorably altered women's daily lives and relationships -- with each other and with the people they served.
In this lively and authoritative book, Strasser weaves together the history of material advances and domestic service, the development of "women's separate sphere," and the impact of advertising, home economics, and women's entry into the workforce. Hailed as pathbreaking when originally published, Never Done remains an eye-opening examination of daily life in the American past.

Table of Contents

1. Daily Bread
2. Out of the Frying Pan
3. The Home Fires
4. At the Flick of A Switch
5. Fetch a Pail of Water
6. Blue Monday
7. A Stitch in Time
8. The Boarder
9. Mistress and Maid
10. Redeeming Woman's Profession
11. The Business of Housekeeping
12. When the Bough Breaks
13. Selling Mrs. Consumer
14. Quick and Easy
15. You Deserve a Break
16. Life on the Market
Source Notes
Picture Credits
Index

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