A Mother's Job: The History of Day Care, 1890-1960 / Edition 1

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Overview

This new book traces the transformation of day care from a charity for poor single mothers in the early twentieth century to a socially accepted need of ordinary families by the 1950s. Using Philadelphia as a case study, Elizabeth Rose explores the history of day care from the perspective of the families who used it as well as the philanthropists and social workers who administered it. This study helps us understand the roots of our current dilemmas about day care in the context of debates on welfare, women's work, and "family values".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195168105
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Rose is Assistant Professor of History at Vanderbilt University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: Establishing Day Care, 1890-1930
1. "Foster Mothers": Creating Day Nurseries
2. Using Day Nurseries
3. Deserving Mothers: Day Care as Welfare
4. Day Care as Education: The Emergence of the Nursery School
Part II: Transforming Day Care, 1930-1960
5. Day Care and Depression
6. Battling for Mothers' Labor: Day Care During World War II
7. From Charity to Legitimate Need: The Postwar Years Conclusion

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