The “domestic scientists” was a group of first generation home economists that launched an educational reform movement to guide homemakers in performing domestic work efficiently and managing household budgets economically. This book discusses the initial experiences of early home economists and how they found support for this social and cultural agenda from Progressive educational leaders and reformers. It also examines the struggles of home economists in shaping consumers and products and forming a modern consumer society. Focusing on the four decades between World War I and the early 1960s, the book investigates home economists' experience with professionalization to explore their key position in the development of American consumer capitalism.
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