Posted: March 8th, 2022
“Identify and describe (1) one idea/practice of 19th century “global domesticity” found in the Beecher/Stowe manual AND (2) one aspect of domestic ideas/practice also in the manual that is uniquely American in the 19th century.”
Please give specific examples from the assigned selections of The American Woman’s Home that illustrate each characteristic you have chosen.
The 4 characteristics of 19th-century European middle-class domesticity include (1) a patriarchal system in which men and women occupied “separate spheres”; (2) an emphasis on system and order in running the home; (3) the application of hygiene, “Science,” and scientific methods to domestic life; (4) the assumption that this one type of domesticity was the “natural order” for civilized family life.
(1) Walsh, Domesticity in Colonial India, pp. 121-126; (2) Claudia Levin et. al. “Catharine Beecher [1880-1878]”; (3) Shapiro Perfection Salad, Chapter 1 (edited); (4) Catherine and Harriet Beecher Stowe, The American Woman’s Home. Selections: Introduction (13-16); The Christian Family (17-22); A Christian House (23-42); Home Decoration (84-90); Habits of System and Order (220-232); The Care of Servants (307-314)
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