Farm to Table: The Home Management House as Rhetorical Space for Rural Women

Farm to Table: The Home Management House as Rhetorical Space for Rural Women

Peitho Volume 19 Issue 2 Spring/Summer 2017

Author(s): Melissa Nivens

Abstract: This paper explores a university archival collection of documents and student exams from the long closed Home Economics Department of Texas A&M University-Commerce. Through the use of departmental records and final exam student essays from the 1930s and 1940s, the project argues that home management house residency created a unique rhetorical space for rural women as they pursued higher education, professional opportunities, and class mobility.

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