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“Take Us Out of Slavery”

Eileen Boris and Jennifer Klein

in Caring for America: Home Health Workers in the Shadow of the Welfare State

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195329117
eISBN:
9780199949496
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329117.003.0005
Subject:
Political Science, American Politics

This chapter analyzes the first successful unionization of home care as part of the civil rights surge among black women domestics. Central to this process were the reorganization of domestic work ... More


Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain

Lucy Delap

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572946
eISBN:
9780191728846
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572946.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This book tells the story of lives and labour within twentieth-century British homes. From great houses to suburbs and slums, it charts the interactions of servants and employers and the intense ... More


Introduction

Lucy Delap

in Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572946
eISBN:
9780191728846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572946.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The Introduction summarizes the content of the book, and sets out the background labour market situation. Drawing on census figures and examples of local and regional employment patterns, it charts ... More


Rural Service

JOANNA BOURKE

in Husbandry to Housewifery: Women, Economic Change, and Housework in Ireland 1890-1914

Published in print:
1993
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198203858
eISBN:
9780191676024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198203858.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

The ‘servant question’ was answered by the substitution of unwaged labour for the cash nexus. Although the issue of domestic service has attracted many British and American scholars, explorations of ... More


Twentieth-Century Servants: Aspirations and Emotions

Lucy Delap

in Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572946
eISBN:
9780191728846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572946.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter describes the varying circumstances in which young people became servants, and their experiences as servants. It explores the relationship between servants and their parents, the ... More


Heritage Nostalgia: Domestic Service Remembered and Performed

Lucy Delap

in Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572946
eISBN:
9780191728846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572946.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter investigates the late-twentieth-century popular memory of domestic service, and suggests the multiple ways in which service mediates the past for British audiences. It illustrates both ... More


Kitchen-Sink Laughter: Domestic Service Humour

Lucy Delap

in Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572946
eISBN:
9780191728846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572946.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter charts the laughter prompted by the everyday interactions of employers and servants that were widely represented in music hall, cinema, periodicals, newspapers, and other forms of mass ... More


Introduction

Bridget Hill

in Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206217
eISBN:
9780191677021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.003.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about domestic servants in England during the 18th century. This book aims to establish that domestic service was an important ... More


Lady Reading and Women's Voluntary Services

James Hinton

in Women, Social Leadership, and the Second World War: Continuities of Class

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780199243297
eISBN:
9780191714054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199243297.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

To a degree unusual among social institutions, WVS was the creation of a single individual — Lady Reading. For this reason, this chapter explores her belief in the importance of ‘character’, the ... More


Male and Female Servants

Bridget Hill

in Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206217
eISBN:
9780191677021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter examines the reasons behind the employment of male and female servants in England during the 18th century. It analyses the differences between the status of male and female servants in ... More


Conclusion

Bridget Hill

in Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206217
eISBN:
9780191677021
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on domestic servants in England during the 18th century. The analyses reveals that the term domestic servant has been used loosely and that most ... More


In Search of Preferment

Eleanor Hubbard

in City Women: Money, Sex, and the Social Order in Early Modern London

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199609345
eISBN:
9780191739088
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609345.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter argues that most women in London were originally migrants from elsewhere in England, who arrived in the city around the age of eighteen to serve as maidservants. It presents quantitative ... More


Conclusion

Lucy Delap

in Knowing Their Place: Domestic Service in Twentieth-Century Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199572946
eISBN:
9780191728846
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572946.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

The conclusion summarizes the arguments made by the book, and offers vignettes of domestic service relationships that illustrate the contradictory emotions often felt about it. Change over time is ... More


Encouraging the Good, Weeding Out the Bad, and Teaching the Ignorant: Women's Organizations and Domestic Workers in New York City, 1870–1915

Vanessa H. May

in Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834770
eISBN:
9781469603094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877906_may.7
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter shows how high the stakes were for middle-class women in the public debate over domestic service. Unless and until female employers confronted the labor problem festering in their ... More


Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940

Vanessa H. May

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834770
eISBN:
9781469603094
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877906_may
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

Through an analysis of women's reform, domestic worker activism, and cultural values attached to public and private space, this book explains how and why domestic workers, the largest category of ... More


Race and Reform: Domestic Service, the Great Migration, and European Quotas, 1891–1924

Andrew Urban

in Brokering Servitude: Migration and the Politics of Domestic Labor during the Long Nineteenth Century

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780814785843
eISBN:
9780814764749
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814785843.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

Stymied by the refusal of “new” immigrant women from Eastern and Southern Europe to pursue work as domestic laborers, at the turn of the century middle-class employers reevaluated the fundamental ... More


Servants: English Domestics in the Eighteenth Century

Bridget Hill

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198206217
eISBN:
9780191677021
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206217.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, Social History

The importance of domestic service in the 18th century has long been recognized by historians but apart from a number of recent controversial articles, this is the first detailed study of the subject ... More


The Tyrant of the Household: The Debate Over the “Servant Question” and the Privacy of the Middle-Class Home, 1870–1915

Vanessa H. May

in Unprotected Labor: Household Workers, Politics, and Middle-Class Reform in New York, 1870-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834770
eISBN:
9781469603094
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807877906_may.5
Subject:
Society and Culture, Gender Studies

This chapter discusses the lecture given by I. M. Rubinow regarding domestic service. Rubinow was a medical doctor and Ph.D. in economics who would later contribute to the intellectual framework of ... More


“I Am Not Only a Domestic Worker; I Am a Woman”: Immigrant Women and Domestic Service

Susan C. Pearce, Elizabeth J. Clifford, and Reena Tandon

in Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814767382
eISBN:
9780814768266
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814767382.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Gender and Sexuality

This chapter introduces female domestic workers—who are largely invisible as a group because their labor as domestic workers remains behind the closed doors of private households. Domestic service ... More


A Maid Is Not Always a Servant: Singlewomen in the Urban Economy

Amy M. Froide

in Never Married: Singlewomen in Early Modern England

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199270606
eISBN:
9780191710216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199270606.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines the work of women who did not have husbands and did not participate in the household economy of the early modern era. Investigating primarily urban women from labouring, craft, ... More


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