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By Rebecca Sharpless

ISBN-10: 0807824569

ISBN-13: 9780807824566

ISBN-10: 0807847607

ISBN-13: 9780807847602

Rural ladies comprised the most important a part of the grownup inhabitants of Texas till 1940 and within the American South until eventually 1960. at the cotton farms of principal Texas, women's hard work used to be crucial. as well as operating untold hours within the fields, girls shouldered so much kinfolk tasks: conserving condominium, stitching garments, cultivating and cooking foodstuff, and bearing and elevating teenagers. yet regardless of their contributions to the southern agricultural financial system, rural women's tales have remained principally untold.
Using oral historical past interviews and written memoirs, Rebecca Sharpless weaves a relocating account of women's lives on Texas cotton farms. She examines how girls from various ethnic backgrounds--German, Czech, African American, Mexican, and Anglo-American--coped with tricky situations. The nutrients they cooked, the homes they saved, the ways that they balanced box paintings with home tasks, all yield insights into the twentieth-century South. And notwithstanding rural women's lives have been choked with exercises, lots of which have been undone virtually once they have been performed, each one in their activities used to be encumbered with significance, says Sharpless, for the welfare of a woman's complete kin depended seriously upon her efforts.

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