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

Ryan, Barbara

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ISBN 10: 025207775X / ISBN 13: 9780252077753
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Understanding the nature of "free" servitude in a time of slavery Num Pages: 256 pages, 12 b&w Photographs. BIC Classification: 1KBB; 3JH; HBTS; JHBK. Category: (UP) Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly. Dimension: 221 x 143 x 19. Weight in Grams: 400. . 2010. 1st. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780252077753

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Title: Love, Wages, Slavery: The Literature of ...

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Binding: Soft cover

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As slavery tore at the nation in the 19th 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. This text charts the shifts in thinking about what makes a good servant.

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Understanding the nature of “free” servitude in a time of slavery  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 material 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,Godey’s Lady’s Book, and Harper’s 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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