Jan 25, 2020
Love, Wages, Slavery: The Literature of Servitude in the United States
Posted by Barbara Ryan

With the home as the sacred center of social life, few things could be important than finding good servants As slavery tore at the nation in the nineteenth century, the role of servants and slaves within the family became a heated topic, and publishers produced a steady stream of literature instructing households how to hire, treat, and discipline servants In Love,With the home as the sacred center of social life, few things could be important than finding good servants As slavery tore at the nation in the nineteenth century, the role of servants and slaves within the family became a heated topic, and publishers produced a steady stream of literature instructing households how to hire, treat, and discipline servants In Love, Wages, Slavery, Barbara Ryan surveys an expansive collection of these published materials to chart shifts in thinking about what made a good servant and how servants felt about serving non kin, as well as changing ideas about gender, free and unfree labor, status, race, domesticity, and family life Love, Wages, and Slavery offers an in depth look at the role of household servants both before and after Emancipation Paying particular attention to women servants, Ryan traces the servant problem as it was represented in magazines like the Atlantic Monthly, Godey s Lady s Book, and Harper s Bazaar Her wide ranging probe also culls commentary from advice literature, letters and diaries, pro and anti slavery propaganda, sentimental fiction, and memoirs of communitarian reform to reveal the fundamental uncertainty about what it meant for some servants to be free while others remained fettered to their posts.

  • Title: Love, Wages, Slavery: The Literature of Servitude in the United States
  • Author: Barbara Ryan
  • ISBN: 9780252030710
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Love Wages Slavery The Literature of Servitude in the United States With the home as the sacred center of social life few things could be important than finding good servants As slavery tore at the nation in the nineteenth century the role of servants and slaves wit


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