Cooking In Other Women's Kitchens

Cooking In Other Women's Kitchens

Domestic Workers In The South, 1865-1960

Book - 2010
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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.

Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9780807834329
Characteristics: xxix, 273 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.


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nutty7688 Aug 06, 2011

There is a difference in Domestic and Cooks, and you will find the difference within in this book. Although pretty repetitive a good read.


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