Rinse and Repeat: Further Reading
The following is a list of sources used or consulted in the making of the BackStory episode, “Rinse and Repeat: Cleanliness in America,” broadcast in February 2013. You can listen to the entire episode here.
Mentioned On the Show:
Egan, Kristen. “Conservation and Cleanliness: Racial and Environmental Purity in Ellen Richards and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.” WSQ: Women’s Studies Quarterly 39.3 (2011): 77-92.
Marshall, Jennifer. “Clean Cuts: Proctor & Gamble’s Depression-Era Soap Carving Contests.” Winterthur Portfolio 42.1 (2008): 51-76.
Sudduth, Charletta, et al. The Maid Narratives: Black Domestics and White Families in the Jim Crow South. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012.
Whooley, Owen. Knowledge in a Time of Cholera: The Struggle Over American Medicine in the 19th Century. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press, 2013.
On the Web:
The Ugly Girl Papers: or, Hints for the Toilet. Hygiene tips for women, 1874. Includes such articles as “Artistic Enthusiasm at the Toilet,” “Experiments in Bathing,” and — thank goodness — “Hope for Homely People.”
“How to Shampoo the Hair,” New York Times article, 1908.
The Economist gives a rundown on filth.
Salon talks with Katherine Ashenburg, author of The Dirt on Clean.
A history of toilet paper.
Ashenburg, Katherine. The Dirt on Clean: An Unsanitized History, New York: North Point Press, 2008.
Brown, Kathleen. Foul Bodies: Cleanliness in Early America. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009.
Bushman, Claudia and Bushman, Richard. “An Early History of Cleanliness in America.” Journal of American History 74.4 (1988): 1213-1238.
Campkin and Cox, Eds. Dirt: New Geographies of Cleanliness and Contamination, London: I. B. Tauris, 2013.
Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo, London: Routledge, 1966.
Freidenfelds, Lara. The Modern Period: Menstruation in Twentieth-Century America. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009.
Hoy, Suellen. Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.
Johnson, Steven. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic–and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World. London: Riverhead Books, 2007.
Melosi, Martin. The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.
Nagle, Robin. Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City. New York: Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, 2013.
Rogers, Heather. Gone Tomorrow: The Hidden Life of Garbage. New York: The New Press, 2005.
Rosenberg, Charles. The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1987.
Royte, Elizabeth. Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash. New York: Back Bay Books, 2006.
Vinikas, Vincent. Soft Soap, Hard Sell: American Hygiene in an Age of Advertisement. Ames: Iowas State University Press, 1992.