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The Resource Modern motherhood : an American history, Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

Modern motherhood : an American history, Jodi Vandenberg-Daves

Label
Modern motherhood : an American history
Title
Modern motherhood
Title remainder
an American history
Statement of responsibility
Jodi Vandenberg-Daves
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
How did mothers transform from parents of secondary importance in the colonies to having their multiple and complex roles connected to the well-being of the nation? In the first comprehensive history of motherhood in the United States, Jodi Vandenberg-Daves explores how tensions over the maternal role have been part and parcel of the development of American society. Modern Motherhood travels through redefinitions of motherhood over time, as mothers encountered a growing cadre of medical and psychological experts, increased their labor force participation, gained the right to vote, agitated for more resources to perform their maternal duties, and demonstrated their vast resourcefulness in providing for and nurturing their families. Navigating rigid gender role prescriptions and a crescendo of mother-blame by the middle of the twentieth century, mothers continued to innovate new ways to combine labor force participation and domestic responsibilities. By the 1960s, they were poised to challenge male expertise, in areas ranging from welfare and abortion rights to childbirth practices and the confinement of women to maternal roles. In the twenty-first century, Americans continue to struggle with maternal contradictions, as we pit an idealized role for mothers in children's development against the social and economic realities of privatized caregiving, a paltry public policy structure, and mothers' extensive employment outside the home. Building on decades of scholarship and spanning a wide range of topics, Vandenberg-Daves tells an inclusive tale of African American, Native American, Asian American, working class, rural, and other hitherto ignored families, exploring sources ranging from sermons, medical advice, diaries and letters to the speeches of impassioned maternal activists. Chapter topics include: inventing a new role for mothers; contradictions of moral motherhood; medicalizing the maternal body; science, expertise, and advice to mothers; uplifting and controlling mothers; modern reproduction; mothers' resilience and adaptation; the middle-class wife and mother; mother power and mother angst; and mothers' changing lives and continuous caregiving. While the discussion has been part of all eras of American history, the discussion of the meaning of modern motherhood is far from over
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Vandenberg-Daves, Jodi
Dewey number
306.874/3
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HQ535
LC item number
.V36 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Families
  • Motherhood
  • Mothers
  • Families
  • Motherhood
  • Mothers
  • United States
Label
Modern motherhood : an American history, Jodi Vandenberg-Daves
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I: Roots of modern motherhood : early America and the nineteenth century. Inventing a new role for mothers ; Contradictions of moral motherhood : slavery, race, and reform ; Medicalizing the maternal body -- Part II: Modern mothers : 1890-1940. Science, expertise, and advice to mothers ; Grand designs : uplifting and controlling the mothers ; Modern reproduction : the fit and unfit mother ; Mothers' resilience and adaptation in modern America -- Part III: Mothers of invention : World War II to the present. The middle-class wife-and-mother box ; Mother power and mother angst ; Mothers' changing lives and continuous caregiving -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn853287207
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 341 pages
Isbn
9780813563787
Lccn
2013027195
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780813563787
  • (OCoLC)853287207
Label
Modern motherhood : an American history, Jodi Vandenberg-Daves
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-319) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Part I: Roots of modern motherhood : early America and the nineteenth century. Inventing a new role for mothers ; Contradictions of moral motherhood : slavery, race, and reform ; Medicalizing the maternal body -- Part II: Modern mothers : 1890-1940. Science, expertise, and advice to mothers ; Grand designs : uplifting and controlling the mothers ; Modern reproduction : the fit and unfit mother ; Mothers' resilience and adaptation in modern America -- Part III: Mothers of invention : World War II to the present. The middle-class wife-and-mother box ; Mother power and mother angst ; Mothers' changing lives and continuous caregiving -- Conclusion
Control code
ocn853287207
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xi, 341 pages
Isbn
9780813563787
Lccn
2013027195
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780813563787
  • (OCoLC)853287207

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