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Quaker aesthetics : reflections on a Quaker ethic in American design and consumption

Author: Emma J Lapsansky-Werner; Anne A Verplanck
Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2003.
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"In early America, Quakers dominated the political and social landscape of the Delaware Valley, and, because this region held a position of political and economic strength, the Quakers were tightly connected to the transatlantic economy. Given this vantage, they had easy access to the latest trends in fashion and business. Detailing how Quakers have manufactured, bought, and used such goods as clothing, furniture,  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emma J Lapsansky-Werner; Anne A Verplanck
ISBN: 0812236920 9780812236927
OCLC Number: 50554299
Description: xiv, 394 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.
Contents: Past plainness to present simplicity : a search for Quaker identity / Emma Jones Lapsansky --
From plainness to simplicity : changing Quaker ideals for material culture / J. William Frost --
Quakers and high chests : the plainness problem reconsidered / Susan Garfinkel --
"All that makes a man's mind more active" : Jane and Reuben Haines at Wyck, 1812-1831 / John M. Groff --
Living in the light : Quakerism and colonial portraiture / Diannne C. Johnson --
Quaker beliefs and practices and the eighteenth-century development of the Friends meeting house in the Delaware Valley / Catherine C. Lavoie --
Eighteenth-century Quaker houses in the Delaware Valley and the aesthetics of practice / Bernard L. Herman --
Edward Hicks : Quaker artist and minister / Carolyn J. Weekley --
The aesthetics of absence : Quaker women's plain dress in the Delaware Valley, 1790-1900 / Mary Anne Caton --
Sara Tyson Hallowell : forsaking plain for fancy / Carolyn Kinder Carr --
What's real? Quaker material culture and eighteenth-century historic site interpretation / Karie Diethorn.
Responsibility: edited by Emma Jones Lapsansky and Anne A. Verplanck.
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"An impressive and thought-provoking book of excellent scholarship."-Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography "This anthology of case studies ... challenges conventional notions of the Society Read more...

 
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