Mothers and Motherhood: Readings in American History

Mothers and Motherhood: Readings in American History

by Rima D. Apple
     
 

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This collection of essays brings together some of the most exciting recent scholarship on mothers and motherhood. Motherhood is a significant experience for the overwhelming majority of American women, and the work of mothering-in individual families and in communities-has shaped the lives of all Americans. But it is only recently that historians have begun to examine

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This collection of essays brings together some of the most exciting recent scholarship on mothers and motherhood. Motherhood is a significant experience for the overwhelming majority of American women, and the work of mothering-in individual families and in communities-has shaped the lives of all Americans. But it is only recently that historians have begun to examine mothers and motherhood as a phenomenon distinct from, yet deeply intertwined with, family history and women's history.

Rima D. Apple is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, School of Human Ecology and Women's Studies Program. She is the author of Vitamania: Vitamins in American Culture and Mothers and Medicine: A Social History of Infant Feeding, 1890-1950 and editor of Women, Health, and Medicine in America: A Historical Handbook.

Janet Golden is associate professor of history at Rutgers University, Camden. She is the author of A Social History of Wet Nursing in America: From Breast to Bottle and coeditor of Framing Disease: Studies in Cultural History.

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A comprehensive collection of historical studies of mothers and motherhood, illustrating the shifting meaning of motherhood over time, the differences between mothers, and the kinds of evidence scholars use to study both the reality and the rhetoric of mothering. General themes are the social construction of motherhood, motherhood and reproduction, social and cultural settings, and public policy. Topics include maternal grief in , 1920-1985, pregnancy and family limitation among Virginia gentry women, 1780-1830, the La Leche League in postwar America, mothering under slavery in the antebellum South, and the beginnings of feminist birth control ideas in the US. Paper edition (unseen), $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814207390
Publisher:
Ohio State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/1997
Series:
Women and Health Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
626
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.26(d)

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