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Breadwinners : Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920

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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 152.4 x 226.06 x 20.32mm | 408.23g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252076613
  • 9780252076619

Review quote

"Illuminates the strong connections between labor rights and political rights and enhances our understanding of the promises and the perils of cross-class organizing."--Journal of American History "A quite nuanced discussion of the impact of gender on the forging of class identities from the Gilded Age into the Progressive Era. . . . Highly Recommended"--Choice "Reads almost like a prequel to When Everything Changed, a history of American women since 1960 by Gail Collins."--The New York Timesshow more

About Lara Vapnek

Lara Vapnek is an assistant professor of history at St. John's University in Queens, New York.show more

Table of contents

Introduction; 1. The Daily Labor of Our Own Hands 1; 2. Working Girls and White Slaves 44; 3. Gender, Class, and Consumption 106; 4. Solving the Servant Problem 179; 5. Democracy is Only an Aspiration 236; List of Abbreviationsshow more

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