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The Light of the Home: An Intimate View of the Lives of Women in Victorian America Later Printing Edition
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However, if you can only buy one or two books about life 100 years ago, I'd recommend "Never done" by Susan Strasser and "Victorian America" by Thomas Schlereth.
These books get to the nitty gritty and have more substance. Again, "Light of the Home" is not a bad book - I bought it, after all and I kept it! It's in my top five favorite books of women's life in history. I'd just put a couple books above it, in my personal preferences.
The nature of this material limited his study to white, urban, middle-class women in the Northeast, who could afford these objects. Green accepts that limitation because he claims these women shaped popular domestic culture.
The book is divided into chapters dealing with specific concerns of ordinary women, such as courtship and marriage, motherhood, housework, interior design, and leisure activities.
The onset of puberty signaled the end of women's freedom as their clothing and hairstyles changed to reflect this more constricted existence. Corsets and hairpins restricted women's movement and represented their limited opportunities in society.
Unmarried women's activities centered around choosing a husband. After flirting, dates, and engagement, couples married. Overnight, women were transformed from blushing virgins to world-wise matrons and were expected to act accordingly.
Society deemed children the essential component to marriage. This strident advocacy contended with the dangers of pregnancy and childbirth in this era. Mothers then created a safe garden in which their children could grow.
Women oversaw the home, which displayed their social position, and furnished them with handicrafts and artwork to create a miniature universe of culture, stability, and learning.
Because society equated cleanliness with moral worth, women spent most of their time cleaning.Read more ›
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This is a very informative book without the usual put-downs and stereotype opinions of Victorian life. It shows the warmth of the home, which was the center of life.Published 11 months ago by The Preacher and Preacher's Wife
This is a truly extraordinary book. It presents such unique insights into the lives of women in Victorian America, and, through them, enables insights into their roles within... Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by Ean
As many reviewers have pointed out this book focuses on 1870 to 1910, in the region of New England, on female WASPs. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by Michael Valdivielso
What a wonderful insight into the Victorian Life Style! The descriptions help to create in one's mind a vivid picture of life during the Victorian Period. Read morePublished on September 3, 2009 by T. Finn
Green studied the domestic lives of women in Victorian America. Because they left few written records of their daily lives, Green used the memorabilia from the Margaret Woodbury... Read morePublished on July 8, 2005 by James Seymour
I really like this book, and highly recommend it.
It's great for anyone interested in the Victorian era. Read more