focus closely on the contradictions and complexities of the nineteenth-century “cult of domesticity,” a phrase that historians in the 1970s through the 1990s applied to a new conception of women’s work, and “separate spheres” for men and women, that arose as America’s economy became industrialized. What impression does Lydia Maria Child give of women’s daily work–its tasks and its purpose–in the “Introductory Chapter,” “Soap,” and “Puddings” from The American Frugal Housewife? And what does Sara Willis Parton say about industrial work for women in “Factory Girls of New York”? Both authors were noted as novelists as well as journalists, so feel free to comment on the imagery and language they use, as well as their arguments.
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” Mrs. Child regards women as housekeepers who are required to gather up all the fragments and to not throw away anything that can be useful in order to avoid any waste in the family. They ought to teach children as early as six years old to be useful through knitting, taking care of their own clothes, making patchwork and mats, weed in the garden, or pick cranberries and carry them to the market. This enables them to enjoy themselves and earn some money which they can use to buy new clothes. Women ought to be wise in keeping an exact account of all that is spent. This makes them to be careful in spending money and their husbands can precisely judge whether the family is living within his income.
In the Soap, argues that women should make their own soap since this is good for the economy. The women in the country burn wood and they can use the ashes of coal in making soap instead of exchanging the grease and ashes for soap. In the chapter on Puddings, Maria argues that the daily work of women revolves around making puddings. Some of the puddings made by women include; the baked Indian pudding, boiled Indian pudding, flour or batter pudding, bread pudding, rennet pudding, custard pudding, rice pudding, apple pudding, bird’s nest pudding, cherry pudding, cranberry pudding, whortleberry pudding, plum pudding, and hasty pudding. Maria argues that puddings are easily made, take little time to prepare, are tasty, and sufficiently good for common use. In this novel, the author uses stern language that reveals the power of women to order children and to abstain from misuse of resources by using budgets.
What Sara Willis Parton says about the industrial work of women in Factory Girls of New York
Parton focuses on the life of women living in New York during the mid-nineteenth century when there was Industrial Revolution in northern America. During this period, women in New York suffered irrespective of whether they were poor, rich, or married. According to Parton, those women whose husbands were earning a large income were forced to remain in their homes as the husbands went about doing their businesses and their lives were constrained to subservience. The poor working girls that were forced into unrelenting labor of factory employment because of their miserable conditions lived a hard life during the industrial revolution as they could hardly meet their basic needs. The living conditions for the working girls were poor as they shared small, stuffy, and dirty rooms and did not have the luxury of eating healthy and nutritious food.
The poor working girls also had poor quality and torn clothes. They spent time talking about the workplace where hundreds of working girls stood working on the assembly line from morning to evening but were paid low wages when compared to men. The young girls worked like machines and had their own share of responsibilities in their families. Even though the machines in the factories were so deafening, the women had no other choice but to continue with their work irrespective of the prolonged discomfort. In this novel, the author uses a sympathetic language in talking about the industrial work done by young women during the industrial revolution. He is more critical of the impact that the industrial revolution had on the young women in New York.”
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