Voices of American Homemakers

Voices of American Homemakers

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"These are women whose lives inspire admiration and respect. They are women of strength, resolution, and great common sense. They could deal with difficulties with patience and wisdom. They were innovative and creative in their use of the simple materials with which they worked. They were experts in making do and getting by - and they did it well. Working with what they had, they were able to create loving and pleasant homes, to be good neighbors and friends to those in the community, to be good helpmates and companions to their husbands, and to rear fine families. The basic tenet of this project has been to prove, both to the world and to these women themselves, that their lives have value, dignity, and worth. Their memories are the best proof that could be offered of the truth of this statement." - Eleanor Arnold. Voices of homemakers from all over the United States, excerpts from their taped interviews, tell of their experiences as children, wives, and mothers. They reminisce about life as it used to be on the farm and in small towns, with tales of one-room schools, sod houses, long underwear, childbirth at home, outside privies, and much more. They share their deep feelings about their lives as women and as homemakers. Many previously unpublished photographs which were unearthed from private files and albums accompany these compelling stories.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 160.02 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 498.95g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 98 b&w photos
  • 0253129869
  • 9780253129864

Table of contents

FOREWORD EDITOROS NOTES INTRODUCTION I THE HOMEMAKER AND HER LIFE GROWING UP EDUCATION COURTSHIP AND MARRIAGE CHILDBIRTH CHILD REARING II THE HOMEMAKER AND HER WORK THOUGHTS ON HOUSEWORK FOOD FOOD PRESERVATION SEWING WASHING AND IRONING ELECTRICITY REFRIGERATION TELEPHONE WATER III THE HOMEMAKER AND HER ORGANIZATION THE ORGANIZATION STARTING CLUBS LESSONS AND DEMONSTRATIONS EXTENSION AGENTS BENEFITS FROM HOMEMAKER CLUBS LEADERSHIP IV THE HOMEMAKER AND HERSELF STUDIES IN COURAGE SUMMING UP ACKNOWLEDGMENTS LIST OF SOURCESshow more

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