Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow by Jacqueline Jones
Black Women , Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present

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The forces that shaped the institution of slavery in the American South endured, albeit in altered form, long after slavery was abolished. Toiling in sweltering Virginia tobacco factories or in the kitchens of white families in Chicago, black women felt a stultifying combination of racial discrimination and sexual prejudice. And yet, in their efforts to sustain family ties, they shared a common purpose with wives and mothers of all classes.

In Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow, historian Jacqueline Jones offers a powerful account of the changing role of black women, lending a voice to an unsung struggle from the depths of slavery to the ongoing fight for civil rights.


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Jacqueline Jones is Harry S. Truman Professor of American History at Brandeis University and the author of seven previous books. Among her numerous awards are the Taft Prize, the Brown Memorial Prize, the Spruill Prize, the Bancroft Prize (for "Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow)," and, in 1999, a MacArthur Fellowship. She lives with her family in Wellesley, Massachusetts.
Published December 24, 2009 by Basic Books. 478 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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Emphasizing the interconnections of work and family in black women's lives, historian Jones (Wellesley) sees her survey as countering ""the attitude of reverence"" (identified by literary critic Mary Helen Washington) that means ""we must settle for some idealized nonsense about black women. . ."...

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