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The needle's eye : women and work in the age of revolution

Author: Marla R Miller
Publisher: Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Among the enduring stereotypes of early American history has been the colonial Goodwife, perpetually spinning, sewing, darning, and quilting, answering all of her family's textile needs. But the Goodwife of popular historical imagination obscures as much as she reveals; the icon appears to explain early American women's labor history, while at the same time allowing it to go unexplained. Tensions of class and gender  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Ressources Internet
Case studies
History
Études de cas
Additional Physical Format: Version imprimée :
Miller, Marla R.
Needle's eye.
Amherst : University of Massachusetts Press, ©2006
(DLC) 2006008297
(OCoLC)64624949
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marla R Miller
ISBN: 9781613761359 161376135X
OCLC Number: 986829271
Description: 1 ressource en ligne (xiv, 302 pages, 8 pages de planches) : illustrations, carte
Contents: List of illustrations --
Acknowledgments --
Introduction : Early American artisanry : why gender matters --
pt. 1. --
1. Clothing and consumers in rural New England, 1760-1810 --
2. Needle trades in New England, 1760-1810 --
pt. II --
3. Needlework of the rural gentry : the world of Elizabeth Porter Phelps --
4. Family, community, and informal work in the needle trades : the worlds of Easter Fairchild Newton and Tryphena Newton Cooke --
5. Family, artisanry, and craft tradition : the worlds of Tabitha Clark Smith and Rebecca Dickinson --
6. Gender, artisanry, and craft tradition : the world of Catherine Phelps Parsons --
pt. 3. --
7. Women's artisanal work in the changing New England marketplace --
Conclusion : The romance of old clothes --
Abbreviations --
Notes --
Index.
Other Titles: Women and work in the age of revolution
Responsibility: Marla R. Miller.

Abstract:

Among the enduring stereotypes of early American history has been the colonial Goodwife, perpetually spinning, sewing, darning, and quilting, answering all of her family's textile needs. But the Goodwife of popular historical imagination obscures as much as she reveals; the icon appears to explain early American women's labor history, while at the same time allowing it to go unexplained. Tensions of class and gender recede, and the largest artisanal trade open to early American women is obscured in the guise of domesticity. In this book, Marla R. Miller illuminates the significance of women's work in the clothing trades of the early Republic. Drawing on diaries, letters, reminiscences, ledgers, and material culture, she explores the contours of working women's lives in rural New England, offering a nuanced view of their varied ranks and roles - skilled and unskilled, black and white, artisanal and laboring - as producers and consumers, clients and crafts-women, employers and employees. By plumbing hierarchies of power and skill, Miller explains how needlework shaped and reflected the circumstances of real women's lives, at once drawing them together and setting them apart.; The heart of the book brings into focus the entwined experiences of six women who lived in and around Hadley, Massachusetts, a thriving agricultural village nestled in a bend in the Connecticut River about halfway between the Connecticut and Vermont borders. Miller's examination of their distinct yet overlapping worlds reveals the myriad ways that the circumstances of everyday lives positioned women in relationship to one another, enlarging and limiting opportunities and shaping the trajectories of days, years, and lifetimes in ways both large and small. "The Needle's Eye" reveals not only how these women thought about their work, but how they thought about their world.

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