From Morning to Night: Domestic Service at Maymont and the Gilded-Age South

From Morning to Night: Domestic Service at Maymont and the Gilded-Age South

Elizabeth L. O'Leary / May 31, 2020

From Morning to Night Domestic Service at Maymont and the Gilded Age South Step off the lush carpet and push through the swinging door of the butler s pantry to enter the bustling realm of domestic workers at Maymont House from to In From Morning to Night Elizabet

  • Title: From Morning to Night: Domestic Service at Maymont and the Gilded-Age South
  • Author: Elizabeth L. O'Leary
  • ISBN: 9780813921600
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Step off the lush carpet and push through the swinging door of the butler s pantry to enter the bustling realm of domestic workers at Maymont House from 1893 to 1925 In From Morning to Night, Elizabeth O Leary takes the reader behind the scenes in the opulent mansion of the Richmond multimillionaire James H Dooley and his wife, Sallie Drawing upon personal letters, busiStep off the lush carpet and push through the swinging door of the butler s pantry to enter the bustling realm of domestic workers at Maymont House from 1893 to 1925 In From Morning to Night, Elizabeth O Leary takes the reader behind the scenes in the opulent mansion of the Richmond multimillionaire James H Dooley and his wife, Sallie Drawing upon personal letters, business and government documents, and numerous oral histories of older Richmonders both black and white O Leary examines the parallel and divergent viewpoints of server and served in this Virginia version of Upstairs Downstairs Raised in slave owning households before the Civil War, the Dooleys experienced the transformation of the master mistress slave relationship to that of employer employee In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, they relied on a full complement of domestic servants to maintain their lavish residences and lifestyle In turn, numerous men and women predominantly African American labored to meet the day to day challenges of running an elaborate household At the same time, they negotiated the era s increasing Jim Crow restrictions and, during precious hours off duty, helped support families, churches, and the larger black community.By examining the formalities and practices of the Dooleys at home and by giving a presence and voice to their help, From Morning to Night offers insights into domestic and social systems at work within and beyond the upper class household in the Gilded Age South.

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    1. Nice, brief overview of the Dooleys and their domestic staff despite the burning of most of the the family's papers in the 1920s. Excellent complement to a visit to Maymont and its fabulous exhibit on service at Maymont.


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