The Empire of the Mother: American Writing about Domesticity, 1830-1860

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Harrington Park Press, 1982 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 170 pages
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This stimulating book is a comprehensive record of the antebellum period. It examines various aspects of social history and intellectual history of that period in the context of the 19th century's “cult of domesticity.” The development of the ideology of domesticity in this period and its implications are clearly explored in this startling and important feminist work.

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Mary P. Ryan is Professor of History and Women's Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and author of "Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865" (1981; winner of the Bancroft Prize) and "Women in Public: Between Banners and Ballots, 1825-1880" (1990).

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