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Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division

J. A. Wilson

Domestic Life

The nineteenth-century image of an ideal domestic life revolved around women remaining at home to care for children and keep house while men took on the cares of the outside world. In fact, that kind of household arrangement was possible only for wealthy white families. Most African-American households were composed of multiple generations of people, including additional family members and paid boarders.

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