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Author Boydston, Jeanne.

Title Home and work : housework, wages, and the ideology of labor in the early republic / Jeanne Boydston
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1990


Description 1 online resource (xx, 222 pages)
Contents Introduction -- An "oeconomical society" -- "A new source of profit and support" -- "How strangely metamorphosed" -- "All the in-doors work" -- "The true economy of housekeeping" -- The political economy of housework -- The pastoralization of housework
Summary Over the course of a two hundred year period, women's domestic labor gradually lost its footing as a recognized aspect of economic life in America. The image of the colonial "goodwife," valued for her contribution to household prosperity, had been replaced by the image of a "dependent" and a "non-producer." This book is a history of housework in the United States prior to the Civil War. More particularly, it is a history of women's unpaid domestic labor in the context of the emergence of an industrialized society in the northern United States. Boydston argues that just as a capitalist economic order had first to teach that wages were the measure of a man's worth, it had at the same time, implicitly or explicitly, to teach that those who did not draw wages were dependent and not essential to the "real economy." Developing a striking account of the gender and labor systems that characterized industrializing America, Boydston explains how this effected the devaluation of women's unpaid labor
Analysis Housework Economics
United States
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 197-215) and index
Notes English
Print version record
Subject Housewives -- United States -- History
Wages -- Housewives -- United States -- History
Home economics -- United States -- History
15.85 history of America.
POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Labor & Industrial Relations.
Economic history.
Home economics.
Wages -- Housewives.
Huishoudelijke arbeid.
United States -- Economic conditions -- To 1865.
United States.
Genre/Form Electronic books
Form Electronic book
LC no. 90031349
ISBN 9780199762576