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The age of homespun : objects and stories in the creation of an American myth, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich

Label
The age of homespun : objects and stories in the creation of an American myth
Title
The age of homespun
Title remainder
objects and stories in the creation of an American myth
Statement of responsibility
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Publisher's description: Using objects that Americans have saved through the centuries and stories they have passed along, as well as histories teased from documents, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich chronicles the production of cloth--and of history--in early America. Under the singular and brilliant lens that Ulrich brings to this study, ordinary household goods--Indian baskets, spinning wheels, a chimneypiece, a cupboard, a niddy-noddy, bed coverings, silk embroidery, a pocketbook, a linen tablecloth, a coverlet and a rose blanket, and an unfinished stocking--provide the key to a transformed understanding of cultural encounter, frontier war, Revolutionary politics, international commerce, and early industrialization in America. We discover how ideas about cloth and clothing affected relations between English settlers and their Algonkian neighbors. We see how an English production system based on a clear division of labor7men doing the weaving and women the spinning--broke down in the colonial setting, becoming first marginalized, then feminized, then politicized, and how the new system both prepared the way for and was sustained by machine-powered spinning. Pulling these divergent threads together into a rich and revealing tapestry of--the age of homespun--Ulrich demonstrates how ordinary objects reveal larger economic and social structures, and, in particular, how early Americans and their descendants made, used, sold, and saved textiles in order to assert identities, shape relationships, and create history
Cataloging source
OXG
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1938-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher
Dewey number
974.03
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
F8.U47 2001
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Textile fabrics
  • Textile crafts
  • Weaving
  • Clothing and dress
  • Material culture
  • National characteristics, American
  • New England
  • New England
  • New England
Label
The age of homespun : objects and stories in the creation of an American myth, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [419]-478) and index
Contents
Introduction: The age of homespun : Litchfield, Connecticut, 1851 -- An Indian basket : Providence, Rhode Island, 1676 -- Two spinning wheels in an old log house : Dover, New Hampshire, date unknown -- Hannah Barnard's cupboard : Hadley, Massachusetts, 1715 -- A chimneypiece : Boston, Massachusetts, 1753 -- Willie-nillie, niddy-noddy : Newburyport, Massachusetts, and New England, 1769 -- A bed rug and a silk embroidery : Colchester and Preston, Connecticut, 1775 -- Molly Ocket's pocketbook : Bethel, Maine, 1785 -- A linen tablecloth : New England in the early republic -- A counterpane and a rose blanket : Kennebunkport, Maine, and New England, 1810 -- A woodsplint basket: Rutland, Vermont, after 1821 -- An unfinished stocking : New England, 1837
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
501 p.
Isbn
9780679766445
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm51206909
  • (OCoLC)51206909
Label
The age of homespun : objects and stories in the creation of an American myth, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [419]-478) and index
Contents
Introduction: The age of homespun : Litchfield, Connecticut, 1851 -- An Indian basket : Providence, Rhode Island, 1676 -- Two spinning wheels in an old log house : Dover, New Hampshire, date unknown -- Hannah Barnard's cupboard : Hadley, Massachusetts, 1715 -- A chimneypiece : Boston, Massachusetts, 1753 -- Willie-nillie, niddy-noddy : Newburyport, Massachusetts, and New England, 1769 -- A bed rug and a silk embroidery : Colchester and Preston, Connecticut, 1775 -- Molly Ocket's pocketbook : Bethel, Maine, 1785 -- A linen tablecloth : New England in the early republic -- A counterpane and a rose blanket : Kennebunkport, Maine, and New England, 1810 -- A woodsplint basket: Rutland, Vermont, after 1821 -- An unfinished stocking : New England, 1837
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
501 p.
Isbn
9780679766445
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm51206909
  • (OCoLC)51206909

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