The House Servant's Directory

The House Servant's Directory

by Robert Roberts, Graham Russell Hodges
     
 

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This first book by an African American published in the United States by a commercial press was written by the house servant for the Gore family of Boston. His collection of advice on food, cleaning, heating, and other topics was also the first directory of its kind to appear in the new nation. Hodges provides an annotated introduction which explores the contemporary

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This first book by an African American published in the United States by a commercial press was written by the house servant for the Gore family of Boston. His collection of advice on food, cleaning, heating, and other topics was also the first directory of its kind to appear in the new nation. Hodges provides an annotated introduction which explores the contemporary importance of the book, the identity and character of the author, and its significance in American history.

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The standard guide to household management for decades after its first publication in 1827. It was unique at the time for being one of the first books by an African American issued by a commercial press. Roberts (ca. 1780-1860) worked in the Massachusetts mansion of an ancestor of Gore Vidal. In addition to recommending relations between servants and masters, he provides recipes for cleaning furniture and clothing and for purchasing, preparing, and serving food and drink for small and large dinners. The manual has long been available only in facsimile editions that are difficult to read. Paper edition (unseen), $18.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765601155
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
10/31/1997
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 8.21(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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