Keeping Hearth and Home in Old Alabama: A Practical Primer for Daily Living by Carol Padgett, Carol Padgett
Keeping Hearth & Home in Old Alabama is a "how-to" book, but not for you. Drawn from a wealth of authentic Victorian-era books and magazines, it is like the book your great- or great-great grandmother might have read at age 17 to prepare herself for the etiquette of courting, to learn how to conduct herself in public, and to learn what would be required of her during marriage. Later, she might have read the same book through all over again, for ideas about how to arrange the parlor and how to direct her children's playtime. It's also the book she would have grabbed off the shelf the first few times she needed to butcher and prepare a hog, make cologne, clean her finest church silk, or make a syrup to treat her baby's nagging cough. Finally, she could depend upon it to provide sure-fire recipes for the most common edible dishes - and disease remedies - of the day.So welcome to the family household in old Alabama. Come indoors, pull up a fireside rocker, and discover how the everyday rituals of a bustling nineteenth-century home can bring history to life more vividly than ever.
Carol Padgett is a researcher and writer living in Birmingham, Alabama. Her fascination with how folks live was seeded in childhood elder-lore, blossomed into a psychotherapy practice, and now bears fruit in her work with the dying.
Read an Excerpt
Rules for Children's Sleep Mother, You Must Put Him to Bed.
There are some mothers who think it a self-denial to leave the parlors, firesides, or work, to put their little children to bed. They think that the nurse could do it just as well, that it is of no consequence who hears the children say their prayers. But of this all mothers may be assured, that the last words at night are of great importance, even to the babies of the flock; the very tones of the voice they last listened to make an impression on their sensitive organizations. Mother, do not think the time and strength wasted which you spend in reviewing the day with your little boy or girl. It has had its disappointments and trials as well as its play and pleasures; it is ready to throw its arms around your neck and take its goodnight kiss.
Table of Contents
(1) Introduction; (2) Part I: While Still in Your Father's Home; (3) Part II: New Husband, New Home; (4) Part III: Caring for and Nurturing Yourself and Your Family; (5) Part IV: Meal Preparation; (6) Part V: Recipes; (7) Appendix: Miscellaneous Receipts and Remedies; (8) Bibliography; (9) Index