The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth

The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth

by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
     
 

ISBN-10: 0679766448

ISBN-13: 9780679766445

Pub. Date: 11/12/2002

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

They began their existence as everyday objects, but in the hands of Bancroft Award-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, fourteen domestic items from preindustrial America–ranging from a linen tablecloth to an unfinished sock–relinquish their stories and offer profound insights into our history.
In an age when even meals are rarely made from

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Overview

They began their existence as everyday objects, but in the hands of Bancroft Award-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, fourteen domestic items from preindustrial America–ranging from a linen tablecloth to an unfinished sock–relinquish their stories and offer profound insights into our history.
In an age when even meals are rarely made from scratch, homespun easily acquires the glow of nostalgia. The objects Ulrich investigates unravel those simplified illusions, revealing important clues to the culture and people who made them. Ulrich uses an Indian basket to explore the uneasy coexistence of native and colonial Americans. A piece of silk embroidery reveals racial and class distinctions, and two old spinning wheels illuminate the connections between colonial cloth-making and war. Pulling these divergent threads together, Ulrich demonstrates how early Americans made, used, sold, and saved textiles in order to assert their identities, shape relationships, and create history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679766445
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/12/2002
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
516,350
Product dimensions:
5.22(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue3
Introduction: The Age of Homespun: Litchfield, Connecticut, 185111
1An Indian Basket: Providence, Rhode Island, 167641
2Two Spinning Wheels in an Old Log House: Dover, New Hampshire, date unknown75
3Hannah Barnard's Cupboard: Hadley, Massachusetts, 1715108
4A Chimneypiece: Boston, Massachusetts, 1753142
5Willie-Nillie, Niddy-Noddy: Newburyport, Massachusetts, and New England, 1769174
6A Bed Rug and a Silk Embroidery: Colchester and Preston, Connecticut, 1775208
7Molly Ocket's Pocketbook: Bethel, Maine, 1785248
8A Linen Tablecloth: New England in the early republic277
9A Counterpane and a Rose Blanket: Kennebunkport, Maine, and New England, 1810306
10A Woodsplint Basket: Rutland, Vermont, after 1821340
11An Unfinished Stocking: New England, 1837374
Afterword413
Notes419
Acknowledgments479
Index483

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