Catharine Beecher: A Study in American Domesticity

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Norton, 1976 - Biography & Autobiography - 356 pages
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Although she is often remembered only as the sister of Harriet Beecher Stowe and Henry Ward Beecher, there was a time in Catharine Beecher s life when she was more widely known than any member of her eminent family. A pioneering teacher, a writer on moral and religious topics, and an avid publicist for women s education, her name became a household word in the 1840s because of the enormous success of her Treatise on Domestic Economy. This comprehensive guide to all aspects of domestic self-management was part of her effort to create a female domain from which cultural power could be exercised. In the recent reassessment of the historical experience of women, the middle decades of the last century have emerged as a critical period: the movement for women s rights was born, and the genteel cult of the lady and the encumbering customs of domesticity took hold. Present-day attitudes about the family and images of masculine and feminine roles are still strongly shaped by nineteenth-century ideas. Catherine Beecher: A Study in American Domesticity examines that era through the life of one of its major protagonists. It offers new insights into the shifting contours of the nineteenth-century female experience and is a signal contribution to the intellectual and social history of the period."

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User Review  - Jessica - Goodreads

Fascinating woman, family, and time period. The book definitely also reflects the time period in which it was written. Read full review

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User Review  - Marilyn - Goodreads

Catharine Beecher was a pioneer in understanding the needs of housewives, making their lives more pleasant. I also learned of her struggle with her father's religion, and how he imposed it on her. Read full review

About the author (1976)

Kathryn Kish Sklar, Distinguished Professor of History at the State University of New York, Binghamton, is author of "Florence Kelley and the Nation's Work: The Rise of Women's Political Culture, 1830-1900".

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