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Today the majority of American women earn a wage outside the home regardless of marital status age or race Career Girls and Working Moms have become an accepted part of the American culture and economy Behind our cultures acceptance of women at work outside the home is a long and complex history Opinions about the kind of work women should do and the meaning of that work to individual women and American society as a whole have fluctuated throughout the centuries Harriet Beecher Stowes Uncle Toms Cabin has helped to shape and mold equality for women as we know it todayStowes ideas about domestic feminism economic and social reforms and the value of these reforms are still controversial The primary message Uncle Toms Cabin that slavery is morally wrong and should be abolished is quite clear but the methosd that Stowe offers for the abolition of slavery creating a world in which women are moral leaders is not A close examination of the kitchen is a starting point for the examination of the nature of domestic feminism and the nature of womens work in Uncle Toms Cabin For Stowe meaninful work for women must center on the home and the kitchen is the symbol of womans work and networksThe first kitchen we see in Uncle Toms Cabin is Aunt Chloes In her own kitchen as well as in her masters she is a mixture of military commander and culinary scholar She delegates certain responsibilities to her inferior officers and her corn cake is a sublime mystery to all less practiced compounds Stowe 66-67 Her skills as a cook are a source of power during her enslavement She can even dismiss her own mistress from her kitchenNow Missis she wanted me to do this way and she wanted me do to dat way and finally I got kinder sarcy and says I Now Missis do jist look at em beautiful white hands o yourn and look
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