Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-12-29
  • Publisher: Basic Books

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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.InLabor 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.

Author Biography

Jacqueline Jones is the Walter Prescott Webb Chair in History and Ideas and the Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at the University of Texas at Austin. The author of Saving Savannah, American Work, and The Dispossessed, she lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments for the 1985 Editionp. ix
Preface to the New Editionp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
"My Mother Was Much of a Woman": Slavery, 1830-1860p. 9
Enslaved Women Becoming Freedwomen: The Civil War and Reconstructionp. 43
"Bent Backs and Laboring Muscles": in the Rural South, 1880-1915p. 77
Between the Southern Cotton Field and the Northern Ghetto: the Urban South, 1880-1915p. 103
"To Get Out of this Land of Sufring": Black Women Migrants to the North, 1900-1930p. 131
Harder Times: The Great Depressionp. 163
The Roots of Two Revolutions, 1940-1955p. 195
The Struggle Confirmed and Transformed, 1955-1980p. 229
Crosscurrents of Past and Present, 1980-2009p. 267
Appendicesp. 299
Notesp. 313
Bibliographyp. 371
Indexp. 421
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