Skip to product information
1 of 1

Oxford University Press

'Just a Housewife': The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America

Regular price $6.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $6.95 USD
Sale Sold out
Title: 'Just a Housewife': The Rise and Fall of Domesticity in America
Author: Matthews, Glenna
ISBN: 9780195059250
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Published: 1989
Binding: Quality
Language: English
Condition: Used: Very Good
Clean, unmarked copy with some edge wear. Good binding. Dust jacket included if issued with one. We ship in recyclable American-made mailers. 100% money-back guarantee on all orders.

U.S. History 1366143

Publisher Description:
Housewives constitute a large section of the population, yet they have received very little attention, let alone respect. Glenna Matthews, who herself spent many years as just a housewife before becoming a scholar of American history, sets out to redress this imbalance.
While the male world of work has always received the most respect, Matthews maintains that widespread reverence for the home prevailed in the nineteenth century. The early stages of industrialization made possible a strong tradition of cooking, baking, and sewing that gave women great satisfaction and a place in the world. Viewed as the center of republican virtue, the home also played an important religious role. Examining novels, letters, popular magazines, and cookbooks, Matthews seeks to depict what women had and what they have lost in modern times. She argues that the culture of professionalism in the late nineteenth century and the culture of consumption that came to fruition in the 1920s combined to kill off the cult of domesticity. This important, challenging book sheds new light on a central aspect of human experience: the essential task of providing a society's nurture and daily maintenance.