of the do-it-all dad, who has multiple identities and obligations to provide for, love, and help raise children and then be ready to let them to go.It is worth mentioning what the book does not do. It does not connect issues of fatherhood to broader political concerns of the day. It is no criticism to point out that the work fits into the history of the sentiments and emotions more than it relates to the currently popular trends that try to extend gender scholarship far beyond home and family. This approach may help explain the relatively friendly way Johansen treats his subjects. He knows them through their words-he does not try to decode the words to understand how these same people were doing little to address the problems of, for example, young women in textile mills, or distant slaves, or forgotten Native Americans. The author deals with issues of power, but his focus centers on tensions about the nature of power within the household, not the extension of patriarchy beyond it.
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