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Author May, Vanessa H.

Title Unprotected labor : household workers, politics, and middle-class reform in New York, 1870-1940 / Vanessa H. May
Published Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 246 pages) : illustrations
Contents Cover; Contents; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1 THE TYRANT OF THE HOUSEHOLD: The Debate over the "Servant Question" and the Privacy of the Middle-Class Home, 1870-1915; 2 STICKING TOGETHER THROUGH GOOD TIMES AND BAD: Immigrant Domestic Workers, Ethnic Communities, and Resistance; 3 ENCOURAGING THE GOOD, WEEDING OUT THE BAD, AND TEACHING THE IGNORANT: Women's Organizations and Domestic Workers in New York City, 1870-1915; 4 THE "ENLIGHTENED MAJORITY" VERSUS THE "DIE-HARD FRINGE": The State and Reform of Domestic Service, 1915-1940
5 EVERY DOMESTIC WORKER A UNION WORKER: Middle-Class African American Organizations and Domestic Workers Confront Labor Exploitation during the DepressionEPILOGUE: The Walls of Jericho; Notes; Bibliography; Index
Summary Through an analysis of women's reform, domestic worker activism, and cultural values attached to public and private space, this book explains how and why domestic workers, the largest category of working women before 1940, were excluded from labour protections that formed the foundation of the US welfare state. Looking at the debate over domestic service from both sides of the class divide, it assesses middle-class women's reform programmes as well as household workers' efforts to determine their own working conditions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Labor movement -- New York (State) -- History.
Women household employees -- Labor unions -- New York (State) -- History.
Women household employees -- New York (State) -- History.
Women -- New York (State) -- Social conditions -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010047551
ISBN 0807877905 (electronic bk.)
1469603098 (electronic bk.)
9780807877906 (electronic bk.)
9781469603094 (electronic bk.)