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When We Were Free to BeLooking Back at a Children's Classic and the Difference It Made$
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Lori Rotskoff and Laura L. Lovett

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807837238

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807837559_rotskoff

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The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom

(p.245) The Price of Freedom
When We Were Free to Be

Tayloe McDonald

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter presents the place where the author grew up—in the Bible Belt of the South in the 1980s, where the ethos of privilege and martyrdom lived together like odd housemates. Hypothetically, a woman could do whatever she wanted to do, but what woman would want to become a doctor or a business executive when it was the will of the Lord himself that she find her deepest satisfaction in a life of servitude to her husband and children? All the mothers the author knew “stayed at home” and, despite their privileged position, seemed busy and irritable. Moms played tennis at the country club and ran errands. Dads went to work in the morning and drank scotch and soda when they came home. Girls cleared the table from the meal mom cooked every night. Boys took out the garbage once a week.

Keywords:   Bible Belt, South, ethos of privilege, martyrdom

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