The American Home: Material Culture, Domestic Space, and Family Life

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First presented at the 1992 Winterthur Conference of the same name, the fifteen essays herein explore the material culture, history, and essence of the American house and home. The essays span the period from the mid seventeenth to the early twentieth century and address a variety of topics. Invaluable commentary from a presidential family, plantation masters and mistresses, a Puritan husband, a doctor's widow, servants, slaves, children, and many others offer a vivid picture of the true meaning of home life ...
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Overview

First presented at the 1992 Winterthur Conference of the same name, the fifteen essays herein explore the material culture, history, and essence of the American house and home. The essays span the period from the mid seventeenth to the early twentieth century and address a variety of topics. Invaluable commentary from a presidential family, plantation masters and mistresses, a Puritan husband, a doctor's widow, servants, slaves, children, and many others offer a vivid picture of the true meaning of home life during the four-century period.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780912724492
  • Publisher: Winterthur, Henry Francis duPont Museum, Inc., The
  • Publication date: 11/1/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The House and its Surroundings
"Appearance and Effect Is Everything": The James River Houses of Samuel, Joseph, and George Cabell 5
Racial Equality Begins at Home: Frederick Douglass's Challenge to American Domesticity 25
Manufacturing and Marketing the American Bungalow: The Aladdin Company, 1906-20 45
Making the House Work
Household Encounters: Servants, Slaves, and Mistresses in Early Washington 71
Everyday Life on a Berkshire County Hill Farm: Documentation from the 1794-1835 Diary of Sarah Snell Bryant of Cummington, Massachusetts 95
Design of the House
The Madisons at Montpelier: A Presidential Duplex in the Virginia Piedmont 119
Own Your Own Home: S. E. Gross, the Great Domestic Promoter 135
The Interior and its Furnishings
Standard of Living in the Seventeenth-Century Chesapeake: An Archaeological Perspective 155
The Evolution of the House in Early Virginia 177
"In the Middle of This Poverty Some Cups and a Teapot": The Furnishing of Slave Quarters at Colonial Williamsburg 197
"They Are Very Handy": Kitchen Furnishings, 1875-1920 217
Consumption and Life-Style
The Wealth of a Rebellion That Was: The Material Culture and Domestic Space of Bacon's Rebellion in Virginia, 1677 241
Safety and Danger in a Puritan Home: Life in the Hull-Sewall House, 1676-1717 257
Race, Realism, and the Documentation of the Rural Home during America's Great Depression 273
Scrapbook Houses: A Late Nineteenth-Century Children's View of the American Home 301
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