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

Jacqueline Jones


The forces that formed the establishment of slavery within the American South persevered, albeit in altered shape, lengthy after slavery was once abolished. Toiling in sweltering Virginia tobacco factories or within the kitchens of white households in Chicago, black ladies felt a stultifying mix of racial discrimination and sexual prejudice. And but, of their efforts to maintain kin ties, they shared a standard function with other halves and moms of all classes.

In Labor of affection, hard work of Sorrow, historian Jacqueline Jones bargains a strong account of the altering position of black ladies, lending a voice to an unsung fight from the depths of slavery to the continuing struggle for civil rights.

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