Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present

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Basic Books, Dec 29, 2009 - History - 480 pages
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The forces that shaped the institution of slavery in the American South endured, albeit in altered form, long after slavery was abolished. Toiling in sweltering Virginia tobacco factories or in the kitchens of white families in Chicago, black women felt a stultifying combination of racial discrimination and sexual prejudice. And yet, in their efforts to sustain family ties, they shared a common purpose with wives and mothers of all classes.

In Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow, historian Jacqueline Jones offers a powerful account of the changing role of black women, lending a voice to an unsung struggle from the depths of slavery to the ongoing fight for civil rights.

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
One
9
Two
43
Three
77
Four
103
Five
131
Six
163
Seven
195
Nine
267
Appendix A
299
Appendix B
301
Appendix C
305
Notes
313
Bibliography
371
Index
421
Copyright

Eight
229

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Jacqueline Jones is the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas and the Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Saving Savannah, American Work, and The Dispossessed, she lives in Austin, Texas.

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