BackStory with the History Guys — A look at Motherhood in observance of Women’s History Month
For much of American history, women were excluded from public life, but at the same time, were expected to raise the “good citizens” that kept society functioning. In this hour, BackStory explores that paradox, and looks at the changing expectations of mothers over three centuries. What strategies did enslaved women develop to care for children who could be sold away from them on any given day? Has a century’s worth of professional parenting advice made mothers’ lives easier, or just more stressful?