Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women , Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present
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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Review: Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the PresentUser Review - Cassandra - Goodreads
The content of this book is extraordinary. It follows closely the circumstances of black women from pre-Civil War through to the 1980s. It does this without romanticizing their lives and without ... Read full review
Review: Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the PresentUser Review - Rebekkah - Goodreads
A comprehensive history of black women's labor from slavery to the present. Jones discusses labor in the rural and urban South as well as the North. Read full review