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The Resource A new nation of goods : the material culture of early America, David Jaffee

A new nation of goods : the material culture of early America, David Jaffee

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A new nation of goods : the material culture of early America
Title
A new nation of goods
Title remainder
the material culture of early America
Statement of responsibility
David Jaffee
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In the middle of the nineteenth century, middle-class Americans embraced a new culture of domestic consumption, one that centered on chairs and clocks as well as family portraits and books. How did that new world of goods, represented by Victorian parlors filled with overstuffed furniture and daguerreotype portraits, come into being? This work highlights the significant role of provincial artisans in four crafts in the northeastern United States, chairmaking, clockmaking, portrait painting, and book publishing, to explain the shift from preindustrial society to an entirely new configuration of work, commodities, and culture. As a whole, the book proposes an innovative analysis of early nineteenth century industrialization and the development of a middle class consumer culture. It relies on many of the objects beloved by decorative arts scholars and collectors to evoke the vitality of village craft production and culture in the decades after the War of Independence. It grounds its broad narrative of cultural change in case studies of artisans, consumers, and specific artifacts. Each chapter opens with an "object lesson" and weaves an object-based analysis together with the richness of individual lives. The path that such craftspeople and consumers took was not inevitable; on the contrary, as the author, a historian demonstrates, it was strewn with alternative outcomes, such as decentralized production with specialized makers. The book offers a collective biography of the post-Revolutionary generation, gathering together the case studies of producers and consumers who embraced these changes, those who opposed them, or, most significantly, those who fashioned the myriad small changes that coalesced into a new Victorian cultural order that none of them had envisioned or entirely appreciated
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Jaffee, David.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
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  • Connecticut River Valley
  • Connecticut River Valley
  • Material culture
  • Artisans
  • Villages
  • Social change
  • Community life
  • Industrialization
  • Middle class
  • Consumption (Economics)
Label
A new nation of goods : the material culture of early America, David Jaffee
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-377) and index
Contents
Painters and patrons -- The village enlightenment -- Cosmopolitan communities -- Itinerants and inventors -- A tale of two chairmaking towns -- Provincial portraits -- Daguerreotypes : the industrial image
Control code
ocn574924137
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
xv, 400 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780812242577
Lccn
2010008850
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)
Label
A new nation of goods : the material culture of early America, David Jaffee
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [335]-377) and index
Contents
Painters and patrons -- The village enlightenment -- Cosmopolitan communities -- Itinerants and inventors -- A tale of two chairmaking towns -- Provincial portraits -- Daguerreotypes : the industrial image
Control code
ocn574924137
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
xv, 400 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9780812242577
Lccn
2010008850
Other physical details
ill. (some col.)

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