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Description - More Work For Mother by Ruth Cowan

In this classic work of women's history (winner of the 1984 Dexter Prize from the Society for the History of Technology), Ruth Schwartz Cowan shows how and why modern women devote as much time to housework as did their colonial sisters. In lively and provocative prose, Cowan explains how the modern conveniences,washing machines, white flour, vacuums, commercial cotton,seemed at first to offer working-class women middle-class standards of comfort. Over time, however, it became clear that these gadgets and gizmos mainly replaced work previously conducted by men, children, and servants. Instead of living lives of leisure, middle-class women found themselves struggling to keep up with ever higher standards of cleanliness.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780465047321
ISBN-10: 0465047327
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 158mm x 18mm)
Pages: 288
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 18-Feb-1985
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Ruth Cowan

Ruth Schwartz Cowan is associate professor of history at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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