A Mother's Job

A Mother's Job : The History of Day Care, 1890-1960

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Using Philadelphia as a case study, A Mother's Job explores the history of day care from the perspective of families who used it, tracing day care's transformation from a charity for poor single mothers in the early twentieth century to a legitimate and culturally accepted social need for ordinary families - and a potential responsibility of government - by the 1950s.show more

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  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 159 x 234.7 x 25.1mm | 646.94g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 11 halftones, 1 line drawing
  • 0195111125
  • 9780195111125

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... exhaustively researched ... Rose's important new book shows how some working-class mothers finally got the child care programmes they needed. * American Historical Review * ... add[s] to our knowledge of the welfare state and the controversies surrounding age and gender roles ... warmly recommended. * American Studies Today *show more

About Elizabeth Rose

Elizabeth Rose is Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.show more

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