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Women Keeping Two Houses

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This study looks at Black females of the mid-twentieth century who were employed as domestic workers in White households in a small town located in the mountains of a Southern state in the United States of America. It profiles twenty-five local women whose long workdays included the maintenance of another house by day and their own house by evening. Informal interviews were conducted with fifteen informants to gather data for this study. Initial interviewees were identified through research for an African American History exhibit section on business and industry in response to the question:"Did your mother work?" Others were recommended as a result of the snowball referral technique. Informants recalled both personal and peripheral experiences that were routinely required by employers and the impact these had on the lives of all involved. Included are the work experiences of some deceased women, as observed and recounted, often with great intensitity, by those who knew and loved them. The treatise describes typical tasks, finances, relationships, difficulties, and rewards of domestic work in as much detail as was available from memories. In conclusion, it explores what this economic mirror from the past suggests about contemporary work ethic and current economic opportunity for females of African ancestry in urban America.
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Milo, Audrey. "Women Keeping Two Houses" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina, Sep 29, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436111_index.html>

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Milo, A. , 2010-09-29 "Women Keeping Two Houses" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 95th Annual Convention, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina <Not Available>. 2014-11-27 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p436111_index.html

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Abstract: This study looks at Black females of the mid-twentieth century who were employed as domestic workers in White households in a small town located in the mountains of a Southern state in the United States of America. It profiles twenty-five local women whose long workdays included the maintenance of another house by day and their own house by evening. Informal interviews were conducted with fifteen informants to gather data for this study. Initial interviewees were identified through research for an African American History exhibit section on business and industry in response to the question:"Did your mother work?" Others were recommended as a result of the snowball referral technique. Informants recalled both personal and peripheral experiences that were routinely required by employers and the impact these had on the lives of all involved. Included are the work experiences of some deceased women, as observed and recounted, often with great intensitity, by those who knew and loved them. The treatise describes typical tasks, finances, relationships, difficulties, and rewards of domestic work in as much detail as was available from memories. In conclusion, it explores what this economic mirror from the past suggests about contemporary work ethic and current economic opportunity for females of African ancestry in urban America.


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