Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present

Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family, from Slavery to the Present

by Jacqueline Jones

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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.

In Labor 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465021109
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/29/2009
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

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 Edition ix

Preface to the New Edition xiii

Introduction 1

1 "My Mother Was Much of a Woman": Slavery, 1830-1860 9

2 Enslaved Women Becoming Freedwomen: The Civil War and Reconstruction 43

3 "Bent Backs and Laboring Muscles": in the Rural South, 1880-1915 77

4 Between the Southern Cotton Field and the Northern Ghetto: the Urban South, 1880-1915 103

5 "To Get Out of this Land of Sufring": Black Women Migrants to the North, 1900-1930 131

6 Harder Times: The Great Depression 163

7 The Roots of Two Revolutions, 1940-1955 195

8 The Struggle Confirmed and Transformed, 1955-1980 229

9 Crosscurrents of Past and Present, 1980-2009 267

Appendices 299

Notes 313

Bibliography 371

Index 421

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