Where to start, back to the Bronze age? Roman times or how about the United States of America? I am going to start in the United States of America.
We were an agrarian society. Our homes, ranches, farms were manufacturing plants. Creating the textiles, food, timber, iron, pots and pans, wooden bowls, the list goes on what was created by bare hands and a few tools. We manufactured and serviced (laundry, cooking, cleaning house) the entire home. Our great grandmothers job was endless. Getting up before everyone else to get the hot water going for the day (keeper of the flame) Having the meal ready when everyone got up. The job was overwhelming. By 1840 Catharine Beecher was writing “Treatise on Domestic economy” 1841.
She later wrote “The American Woman’s Home” 1869. She wrote this book with her sister Harriet Beecher Stowe. Guiding women to be effcient in their homes to free themselves of the burden of housework.
My next blog, I will go into more detail about the book the two sisters wrote.