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

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781469606866
Author(s): Rebecca Sharpless
Format: Paperback
Year: 2013
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Dimensions: 152 x 231 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 273
Series: John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture (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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