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By Marilyn Irvin Holt

The revolutionary period, falling among the conspicuous materialism of the homosexual Nineties and the excesses of the Roaring Twenties, promoted a imaginative and prescient of the USA united via an emphasis on technology and innovative reform. the keenness to modernize company, govt, and social kinfolk prolonged to farm households and the methods girls outlined their roles.
In this examine of the specialist suggestion provided by means of the domestic-economy flow, Marilyn Irvin Holt argues that ladies weren't passive receptors of those perspectives. Seeing their position in agriculture as multifaceted and demanding, they eagerly authorized more desirable schooling and lots of glossy home equipment yet frequently rejected feedback that conflicted with their very own perspectives of the rewards and values of farm existence. Drawing on quite a lot of sources—government surveys, professional testimony, and modern farm journals—many providing money owed in farm women’s personal phrases, Holt rigorously contrasts the pursuits of reformers with these of farm households. a person looking a greater knowing of the function of ladies in agriculture will locate this a lucrative book.

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