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At home in nineteenth-century America : a documentary history

Author: Amy G Richter
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, 2015.
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"Few institutions were as central to nineteenth-century American culture as the home. Emerging in the 1820s as a sentimental space apart from the public world of commerce and politics, the Victorian home transcended its initial association with the private lives of the white, native-born bourgeoisie to cross lines of race, ethnicity, class, and region. Throughout the nineteenth century, home was celebrated as a  Read more...
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All Authors / Contributors: Amy G Richter
ISBN: 9780814769133 0814769136 9780814769140 0814769144
OCLC Number: 876883360
Description: xvi, 251 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Introduction: At home in nineteenth-century America --
The emergence of the nineteenth-century domestic ideal : Excerpt from Henry Lee and Mary Lee, Letters and journals: with other family letters, 1802-1860 (1926) ; Excerpt from Lydia Maria Child, "Education of daughters," in The American frugal housewife (1832) ; Excerpt from Catharine Beecher, "On the preservation of a good temper in a housekeeper," in A treatise on domestic economy (1841) ; Excerpt from John Angell James, The young man from home (1838) ; "The sphere of woman, translated from the German of Goethe," Godey's Lady's Book, March 1850 ; Excerpt from Andrew Jackson Downing, The architecture of country houses: including designs for cottages, farmhouses, and villas, with remarks on interiors, furniture, and the best modes of warming and ventilating (1850) ; Excerpt from Susan Warner (pseud. Elizabeth Wetherell), The wide, wide world (1850) ; Excerpt from Herman Melville, "I and my chimney," Putnam's monthly magazine, March 1856 --
The persistence of domestic labor : Excerpt from Ward Stafford, new missionary field: a report to the female missionary society for the poor of the City of New York, and its vicinity (1817) ; Excerpt from Catharine Maria Sedgwick, The poor rich man, and the rich poor man (1837) ; Excerpt from Clarissa Packard, Recollections of a housekeeper (1834) ; Excerpt from Catharine Beecher, Letters to persons who are engaged in domestic service (1842) ; Excerpt from "Home in a boarding-house," Lowell Offering 3 (1842) ; Excerpt from volume 1 of the diary of Lizzie A. Wilson Goodenough (1865) ; Excerpt from Louisa May Alcott, "Experiments," in Little women (1869) ; Excerpt from Nellie Bly, Ten days in a mad-house (1887) ; Excerpt from Solomon Northup, Twelve years a slave: narrative of Solomon Northup, a citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington City in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana (1853) ; Excerpt from "Management of Negroes," Southern cultivator, November 1850 --
Home, civilization, and citizenship : Excerpt from Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's cabin; or, life among the lowly (1852) ; Excerpt from W.E.B. Du Bois, "The problem of housing the Negro: the home of the slave," Southern Workman 30 (1901) ; Dawes Severalty Act of 1887 ; Susan La Flesche, "The home-life of the Indian," Indian's Friend 4, no. 10 (1892) ; Excerpt from Frances E. Willard, "My first home protection address," in Woman and temperance; or, The work and workers of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union (1883) ; Ida B. Wells, "A story of 1900," Fisk Herald, April 1886 ; William H. Sylvis, "The poor man's home," in The life, speeches, labors and essays of William H. Sylvis (1872) ; Excerpt from Caroline H. Dall, "Woman's right to labor"; or, Low wages and hard work: in three lectures, delivered in Boston, November 1859 (1860) ; "The unpaid laborer," Woman's Standard 4, no. 1 (1889) --
The American home on the move in the age of expansion : Excerpt from W.A. Marin, "Sod houses and prairie schooners," Minnesota History Magazine 12 (1931) ; Excerpt from William D. Howells, "The parlor-car," in The sleeping-car and other farces (1876) ; Excerpt from Stephen Crane, "The bride comes to Yellow Sky," McClure's Magazine, February 1898 ; Excerpt from Mary Antin, The promised land (1912) ; Images and captions from The dream city: a portfolio of photographic views of the World's Columbian Exposition (1893-1894) ; "Cozy corners for parlors," Ladies' Home Journal, July 1890 ; "Roosevelt censures foreign marriages," New York Times, May 3, 1908 ; Excerpt from Caroline S. Shunk, An army woman in the Philippines: extracts from Letters of an army officer's wife, describing her personal experiences in the Philippine Islands (1914) --
At home in the late nineteenth-century city : Excerpt from Frederick Law Olmsted, Public parks and the enlargement of towns: read before the American Social Science Association at the Lowell Institute, Boston, Feb. 25, 1870 (1870) ; Excerpt from Jane Addams, Twenty years at Hull-House (1910) ; Excerpt from Jacob Riis, How the other half lives: studies among the tenements of New York (1890) ; Excerpt from Stephen Crane, Maggie, a girl of the streets (1893) ; Excerpt from Eliza Chester, "Co-operation," in The unmarried woman (1892) ; Excerpt from "Not only for the women: a white elephant to be made profitable," New York Times, May 26, 1878 ; Excerpt from William Dean Howells, A hazard of new fortunes (1890) ; "The Dakota : a description of one of the most perfect apartment houses in the world," New York Times, October 22, 1884 ; "Roof sleeping now popular in New York," New York Times, July 5, 1908 ; "The marriage notice of the future," Life, November 10, 1887 ; Excerpt from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman, The decoration of houses (1897) --
Dismantling the Victorian ideal and the future of domesticity : Excerpt from Edward Bellamy, Looking backward, 2000-1887 (1888) ; Excerpt from Mrs. N.F. (Gertrude Bustill) Mossell, "The opposite point of view," in The work of the Afro-American woman (1894) ; Excerpt from Helen Campbell, "Organized living," in Household economics: a course of lectures in the School of Economics of the University of Wisconsin (1897) ; Excerpt from Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The home: its work and influence (1903) ; Excerpt from Mary Abbott, "Individuality in homes," House Beautiful, February 1898 ; Excerpt from Henry L. Wilson, The bungalow book (1910) ; Excerpt from Martha Bensley Bruère, "The new home-making," Outlook, March 16, 1912 ; Excerpt from A.L. Hall, "My workshop at home," Suburban Life, November 1908 ; Excerpt from Michael M. Davis, Jr., The exploitation of pleasure: a study of commercial recreations in New York City (1911) ; Excerpt from Industrial Housing Associates, Good homes make contented workers (1919).
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