Talahassee: Florida Department of Agriculture, 1927.
Softcover. Good. 10.25 x 7.75 inches, 203 pp, extensively illustrated, in colorful pictorial wrappers. Good only: most of backstrip missing, rear wrapper partially detached, soiling to fore edge of text block. Internally clean. A series of articles highlighting the work of the Home Demonstration Division of Florida's Department of Agriculture, which sent out agents to provide instruction for rural women in nutrition, cooking, gardening, canning, sewing, hygiene and sanitation, animal husbandry, and home and community beautification. Home demonstration work is praised as an important factor in the state's economic development, as well as training for good citizenship, and women are heralded as the gatekeepers of the most basic element of social organization -- the home. The Introduction proclaims: "Destroy all the industries, professions, arts and sciences, but leave the home intact, and civilization would rise again as if by magic. Leave all the industries, professions, arts and sciences intact, but destroy the home, and civilization would perish from the earth. They who build the home serve mankind."