Cooking in other women's kitchens : domestic workers in the South, 1865-1960 / Rebecca Sharpless
- Sharpless, Rebecca
- Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 
- Copyright Date:
- Physical Description:
- xxix, 273 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
- The John Hope Franklin series in African American history and culture
- I done decided I'd get me a cook job: becoming a cook -- From collards to puff pastry: the food -- Long hours and little pay: compensation and workers' resistance -- Creating a homeplace: shelter, food, clothing, and a little fun -- Mama leaps off the pancake box: cooks and their families -- Gendering Jim Crow: relationships with employers -- If I ever catch you in a white woman's kitchen, I'll kill you: expanding opportunities and the decline of domestic work.
- "As African American women left slavery and the plantation economy behind, many entered domestic service in southern cities and towns. Cooking was one of the primary jobs they performed in white employers' homes, feeding generations of white families and, in the process, profoundly shaping southern foodways and culture." "Rebecca Sharpless argues that, in the face of discrimination, long workdays, and low wages, African American cooks worked to assert measures of control over their own lives and to maintain spaces for their own families despite the demands of employers and the restrictions of segregation. Sharpless also shows how these women's employment served as a bridge from old labor arrangements to new ones. As opportunities expanded in the twentieth century, most African American women chose to leave cooking for more lucrative and less oppressive manufacturing, clerical, or professional positions." "Through letters, autobiography, and oral history, this book evokes African American women's voices from slavery to the open economy, examining their lives at work and at home. Sharpless looks beyond stereotypes to introduce the real women who left their own houses and families each morning to cook in other women's kitchens."--BOOK JACKET.
- 9780807834329 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807834327 (cloth : alk. paper)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- UP-PAT copy: Purchased with funds from the Anne McDevitt Janiak Endowment for Women's Studies; 2011.
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