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The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth

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They began their existence as everyday objects, but in the hands of Bancroft Award-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, fourteen domestic items from preindustrial America–ranging from a linen tablecloth to an unfinished sock–relinquish their stories and offer profound insights into our history.

In an age when even meals are rarely made from scratch, homespun easily acquires the glow of nostalgia. The objects Ulrich investigates unravel those simplified illusions, revealing important clues to the culture and people who made them. Ulrich uses an Indian basket to explore the uneasy coexistence of native and colonial Americans. A piece of silk embroidery reveals racial and class distinctions, and two old spinning wheels illuminate the connections between colonial cloth-making and war. Pulling these divergent threads together, Ulrich demonstrates how early Americans made, used, sold, and saved textiles in order to assert their identities, shape relationships, and create history.

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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...

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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. Formerly a professor of American history at the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of Good Wives (1982) and numerous articles and essays on e

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Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. Formerly a professor of American history at the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of Good Wives (1982) and numerous articles and essays on early American history. She won the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1991 for A Midwife’s Tale: The Life of Martha Ballard Based on Her Diary, 1785--1812. Born and raised in the Rocky Mountain West, she has lived in New England since 1960. During her tenure as a MacArthur Fellow, she assisted in the production of a PBS documentary based on A Midwife’s Tale. Her work is also featured on an award-winning Web site called dohistory.org. She and her husband, Gael Ulrich, are the parents of five grown children.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307416865
Subtitle:
Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf
Author:
Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher
Author:
Laurel Ulrich
Author:
Ulrich, Laurel
Subject:
History : United States - General
Subject:
History : United States - 19th Century
Subject:
History : United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Business & Economics : Industries - Fashion & Textile Indust
Subject:
New england
Subject:
Textile fabrics
Subject:
Textile crafts
Subject:
Weaving
Subject:
Clothing and dress
Subject:
Material culture
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
History
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Industries - Textile Industry
Subject:
Industries - Fashion & Textile Industry
Subject:
New England Social conditions.
Subject:
Crafts-Textiles
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
US History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
501

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"Synopsis" by , 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...
"Synopsis" by , Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is Phillips Professor of Early American History at Harvard University. Formerly a professor of American history at the University of New Hampshire, she is the author of Good Wives (1982) and numerous articles and essays on e
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