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Cooking in Other Womens Kitchens, Enhanced Ebook (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture) Rebecca Sharpless

Cooking in Other Womens Kitchens, Enhanced Ebook (John Hope Franklin Series in African American History and Culture)

Rebecca Sharpless

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As African American women left the plantation economy behind, many entered domestic service in southern cities and towns. Cooking was one of the primary jobs they performed, feeding generations of white families and, in the process, profoundlyMoreAs African American women left the plantation economy behind, many entered domestic service in southern cities and towns. Cooking was one of the primary jobs they performed, feeding generations of white families and, in the process, profoundly shaping southern foodways and culture. Rebecca Sharpless argues that, in the face of discrimination, long workdays, and low wages, African American cooks worked to assert measures of control over their own lives. As employment opportunities expanded in the twentieth century, most African American women chose to leave cooking for more lucrative and less oppressive manufacturing, clerical, or professional positions. Through letters, autobiography, and oral history, Sharpless evokes African American womens voices from slavery to the open economy, examining their lives at work and at home.