Never Done is the first history of American housework. Beginning with a description of household chores of the nineteenth century--cooking at fireplaces and on cast-iron stoves, laundry done with wash boilers and flatirons, endless water hauling and fire tending--Susan Strasser demonstrates how industrialization transformed the nature of women's work. Lightening some tasks and eliminating the need for others, new commercial processes inexorably altered women's daily lives and relationships--with each other and with the people they served.
In this lively and authoritative book, Strasser weaves together the history of material advances and discussions of domestic service, "women's separate sphere" and the impact of advertising, home economics and women's entry into the workforce.
Hailed as pathbreaking when originally published, Never Done remains an eye-opening examination of daily life in the American past.
|Publisher:||Holt, Henry & Company, Inc.|
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About the Author
Susan Strasser is the author of Waste and Want and Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation. A professor of history at the University of Delaware, she lives near Washington, D.C.
Susan Strasser is the author of the award-winning Never Done: A History of American Housework, Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market and Waste and Want: A Social History of Trash. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation. A professor of history at the University of Delaware, she lives near Washington, D.C.
Table of Contents
|Prologue: Never Done||3|
|2||Out of the Frying Pan||32|
|3||The Home Fires||50|
|4||At the Flick of A Switch||67|
|5||Fetch a Pail of Water||85|
|7||A Stitch in Time||125|
|9||Mistress and Maid||162|
|10||Redeeming Woman's Profession||180|
|11||The Business of Housekeeping||202|
|12||When the Bough Breaks||224|
|13||Selling Mrs. Consumer||242|
|14||Quick and Easy||263|
|15||You Deserve a Break||282|
|16||Life on the Market||300|