Love, Wages, Slavery: The Literature of Servitude in the United States Barbara Ryan

ISBN: 9780252030710

Published: April 10th 2006

Hardcover

256 pages


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

Love, Wages, Slavery: The Literature of Servitude in the United States by Barbara Ryan
April 10th 2006 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 256 pages | ISBN: 9780252030710 | 8.19 Mb

With the home as the sacred center of social life, few things could be more 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, Godeys Ladys Book, and Harpers 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.



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