A Study in American Domesticity
By (author) Kathryn Kish Sklar
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Catharine Beecher by Kathryn Kish Sklar
Book DescriptionAlthough she is often remembered only as the sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher, there was a time in Catharine Beecher's life when she was more widely known than any member of her eminent family. A pioneering teacher, a writer on moral and religious topics, and an avid publicist for women's education, her name became a household word in the 1840s because of the enormous success of her Treatise on Domestic Economy. This comprehensive guide to all aspects of domestic self-management was part of her effort to create a female domain from which cultural power could be exercised. In the recent reassessment of the historical experience of women, the middle decades of the last century have emerged as a critical period: the movement for women's rights was born, and the genteel cult of the lady and the encumbering customs of domesticity took hold. Present-day attitudes about the family and images of masculine and feminine roles are still strongly shaped by nineteenth-century ideas. Catherine Beecher: A Study in American Domesticity examines that era through the life of one of its major protagonists. It offers new insights into the shifting contours of the nineteenth-century female experience and is a signal contribution to the intellectual and social history of the period.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780393008128
(188mm x 124mm x 22mm)
Imprint: WW Norton & Co
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Publish Date: 8-Jun-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Kathryn Kish Sklar
Social Survey in Historical Perspective, 1880-1940, Paperback (March 2011)
This 2001 book traces the history of the social Survey in Britain and the US, with two chapters on Germany and France.
Selected Letters of Florence Kelley, 1869-1931, Hardback (May 2009)
First-hand accounts of one woman's fight to improve working conditions for Americans in the early twentieth century
Women's Rights and Transatlantic Anti-Slavery in the Era of Emancipation, Paperback (June 2007)» View all books by Kathryn Kish Sklar
Two epochal developments profoundly influenced the history of the Atlantic world between 1770 and 1870 - the rise of women's rights activism and the drive to eliminate chattel slavery.
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