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Modern Motherhood: An American History Hardcover – 30 May 2014

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  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (30 May 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813563798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813563794
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
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"A stimulating book that places mothers at the center of American history, Modern Motherhood highlights the dramatic changes to maternal ideologies, politics, and experiences over 250 years. An impressive achievement."--Molly Ladd-Taylor "York University "

"Vandenberg-Daves skillfully illustrates the activity and activism of mothers as well as the power of the rhetoric and the role of motherhood...an impressive synthesis of some of the most important recent scholarship on the topic."
--Rima D. Apple "author of Perfect Motherhood: Science and Childrearing in America "

About the Author

Jodi Vandenberg-Daves is a historian and professor of Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse, USA.  She is editor and co-author of Making History:  A Guide to Historical Research Through the National History Day Program.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging, fascinating and accessible 9 Oct. 2016
By T. S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm doing an independent study on Motherhood from a feminist perspective and this is the first book I read. It's fascinating and engaging, scholarly but very accessible. I especially appreciate that Professor Vandenberg-Daves spends considerable time on the experiences of the poor and racial and ethnic minorities, intersectional storytelling that is missing from mainstream discussions that tend to focus white middle class women. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiring read 1 Feb. 2015
By Janis Rhae - Published on Amazon.com
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Modern Motherhood: An American History was last month’s selection for my book club, with a focus on chapters 8 – 10. We talked about this book more than we have about any other book in the six years I’ve been a member. It was as if each page from these chapters brought on memories and questions about our childhoods in the 1950s and 1960s. It was a wonderful bonding experience to hear about members’ mothers. The book is densely packed with facts and reflections, with the author’s opinions clearly differentiated from a straightforward synthesis of research in the field. The book isn’t an easy read, but it’s an inspiring read. In some ways I feel like I’ve been handed a field guide: I look at mothers interacting with their children with new eyes, whether it’s my mother-in-law with her senior-citizen son or the mothers on the HBO series Girls with their struggling, pampered 20-something daughters. The roles of motherhood in diverse cultures and socioeconomic groups within the U.S. also appear to be well represented in the book, although I’m far from an expert on these issues. I heartily recommend Modern Motherhood: An American History in hopes that fellow readers will respond with recommendations for other, similar books that lend insight into the relationships between cultural practices and motherhood.
5.0 out of 5 stars informative and interesting 28 Feb. 2015
By MFK - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides a comprehensive synthesis of the diverse experiences of motherhood while proving to be relevant and interesting to a wide range of readers. Among its greatest strengths is the cross-section of the American population of mothers that’s addressed: working class, middle-class, white, enslaved, etc. Special attention has also been given to race, class, and reproduction, even when acquiring records on more disadvantaged groups is challenging. Vandenberg-Daves’ work is a must-read for those teaching on the intersections of gender, race, and class but is a great investment for anyone curious about the social construction of motherhood!
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening 26 Feb. 2015
By 1954 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is well written and informative. I learned so much about the experience of mothering outside of the usual White, middle-class perspective. Vandenberg-Daves' book includes fascinating personal stories across hundreds of years and countless little-known historical facts concerning birth control, childbirth, abortion, and adoption. I feel I got a close and devastating picture of how mothers of varying backgrounds and ethnicities have been viewed and treated by those in power, but at the same time how mothers have had agency and been advocates for themselves. I was left with a feeling of optimism!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, great resource 16 Feb. 2015
By Sara DM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Professor Vandenberg-Daves provides insight on the development of motherhood as (we think) we know it today. The book is well researched and scholarly, yet accessible. A great resource for college instructors.
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