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The Modern Household | by Marion Talbot and Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge



We hope that the statements and suggestions in the following pages, supplemented with the questions, will lead housewives, either separately or in study classes, and students of social conditions in college and elsewhere, to find ways by which the household of moderate income and with children may realize its possibilities as an organized group of human beings. In these days, the constructive forces necessary for the maintenance of the household must be sought in new garbs, and those forces which seem to be disintegrating must be reinterpreted in order to serve their higher purposes. No attempt has been made to treat the subjects presented in an exhaustive way or to do more than to indicate the wide range of interests which are the field in which the progressive housekeeper may serve and enjoy.

TitleThe Modern Household
AuthorMarion Talbot and Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
PublisherWhitcomb & Barrows Boston
Year1912
Copyright1912, Marion Talbot and Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge
AmazonThe Modern Household
-Chapter I. The Household As A Social Unit
THERE are students of modern social conditions who prophesy that the home and the family will not endure in their present form as social organizations. Moreover, these views have secured a considerabl...
-Chapter II. The Household As The Centre Of Consumption
THE household has lost its social value as the productive unit; it remains, however, the centre of consumption. That the father should earn and the mother spend the family income is the allotment of f...
-The Household As The Centre Of Consumption. Continued
Her first plan must be tentative, and on the whole experimentally tried out. No very definite instruction can be give as to the proportion of income to be assigned to the various activities of the fam...
-Chapter III. Shelter
THERE are three terms which are often confused in popular usage, viz., housing, housekeeping, and home-making. Each one has a distinct meaning, and yet they all go together to make up one whole, and t...
-Shelter. Continued
There are two interesting tendencies in sanitary theory and administration concerning which the householder should inform himself. The first, in brief, is to lay less stress than in the past on the en...
-Chapter IV. Food
VARIED as are the changes which all phases of household and family life have undergone, in none are they more striking than in that which has to do with the satisfying of the primal need of mankind - ...
-Food. Continued
She has also to resist the existing tendency to over-elaboration in preparation, for which, unfortunately, teachers of cooking are in part responsible, unless it may be that the stress of social rival...
-Chapter V. Clothing
THE selection of clothing suitable in amount and kind is one of the responsibilities still resting upon the head of the household. The principles to be followed in meeting this responsibility have, ho...
-Clothing. Continued
Nor are the difficulties all connected with the fabric itself. The housekeeper who rises to the full measure of her responsibility will ask not only whether she as a purchaser is treated fairly in the...
-Chapter VI. Management
THERE is a great temptation to prefix the word scientific to the heading of this chapter. On all sides is heard the phrase, scientific management. The newspaper and the magazine, the platform spea...
-Management. Continued
In the olden time, very little money was actually handled or used in the management of a household. The goods which were produced in excess were bartered for the few other goods needed. Labor was seld...
-Chapter VII. Domestic Service
A MONG the most difficult questions which present themselves to the housekeeper are those connected with securing help in the performance of her household tasks. There are the various things which mus...
-Domestic Service. Part 2
The domestic employer is thus legally and socially more advantageously placed than the domestic employee. The nature of the demand for service of this kind, however, is so peculiar, and the conditions...
-Domestic Service. Part 3
When the principles of management have been worked out, the tasks of the maid standardized, and the proper grouping of tasks agreed upon, the training of both mistress and maid can be undertaken with ...
-Chapter VIII. Education
A FEW generations ago the education of the child was carried on in the home, a domestic industry. He learned to read at his mother's knee. His body grew strong and obedient to his will by carrying woo...
-Education. Continued
Another kind of training which remains in the home is that which has to do with the physical life and habits of the child. The old mammy was quite wise in saying, when she came to take charge of a two...
-Chapter IX. The Activities Of The Household
THE physical operations and material needs of the household are, of course, of fundamental importance. They do not, however, by any means constitute all the interests of the household, as many persons...
-The Activities Of The Household. Continued
Similarly every form of social betterment, such as organized educational, religious, and civic work, affords opportunity for the further training and expression of those powers which the modern househ...
-Chapter X. The Household And The Community
FREQUENT mention has been made in the preceding pages of activities within the household with which the well-being of the community is intertwined. It has been pointed out that, from such humble and s...
-The Household And The Community. Continued
She will appropriate the ballot as a domestic necessity, just as she appropriates the mechanical devices which lighten her work and render her physical efforts more effective. She will utilize governm...









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