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A Mother's JobThe History of Day Care, 1890–1960$
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Elizabeth Rose

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195111125

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111125.001.0001

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Day Care and Depression

Day Care and Depression

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A Mother's Job

Elizabeth Rose

Oxford University Press

In the past (1890s to 1920s), working mothers were viewed as “evil”. After 1930 however, changes made in both women's wage work and social welfare began to challenge these assumptions, gradually altering the meaning of day care. This chapter discusses the different transformations in the meaning and practice of day care due to the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War. The chapter also looks at the responses of all these various actors to the economic crisis of the depression.

Keywords:   working mothers, 1890s, 1920s, 1930s, wage work, social welfare, day care, Great Depression, World War II, Cold War

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