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A Mother's Job: The History of Day Care, 1890–1960

Elizabeth Rose


Using Philadelphia as a case study, this book explores the history of day care from the perspective of families who have used it, tracing day care's transformation from a charity for poor single mothers in the early 20th century to a legitimate and culturally accepted social need for ordinary families—and a potential responsibility of government—by the 1950s.

Keywords: Philadelphia, day care, single mothers, families, charity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195111125
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111125.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Elizabeth Rose, author
Vanderbilt University
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