Cooking in Other Women's Kitchens: Domestic Workers in the South,1865-1960 (Paperback)

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    As African American women left the plantation economy behind, many entered domestic service in southern cities and towns. Cooking was one of the primary jobs they performed, feeding generations of white families and, in the process, profoundly shaping southern foodways and culture. Rebecca Sharpless argues that, in the face of discrimination, long workdays, and low wages, African American cooks worked to assert measures of control over their own lives. As employment opportunities expanded in the twentieth century, most African American women chose to leave cooking for more lucrative and less oppressive manufacturing, clerical, or professional positions. Through letters, autobiography, and oral history, Sharpless evokes African American women's voices from slavery to the open economy, examining their lives at work and at home.

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    ISBN 9781469606866
    Genre SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
    Format Paperback
    Pages 273
    Publisher Date 2010-10-11 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Univ of North Carolina Pr
    Copyright Year 2010
    Height 9.0 in
    Wdth 6.0 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 1.2 lb
    Language English
    Subtitle Domestic Workers in the South,1865-1960
    Series Name John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture
    Audience College/higher education
    Authors Sharpless, Rebecca
    Country of Origin United States

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