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

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.

Keywords: women, home economics, archives, Texas, education, rhetorical space


Nivens, Melissa. "Farm to Table: The Home Management House as Rhetorical Space for Rural Women." Peitho 19.2 (2017): 282-300.