The Cult of Domesticity, by Lucinda H. MacKethan

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November 25, 2020

Nineteenth-century, middle-class American women saw their behavior regulated by a social system known today as the cult of domesticity, which was designed to limit their sphere of influence to home and family. Yet within this space, they developed networks and modes of expression that allowed them to speak out on the major moral questions facing the nation.

Subjects: History; Gender and Sexuality;; American History; Women; Domesticity; Power; Gender Roles;