Families and Farmhouses in Nineteenth-Century America

Families and Farmhouses in Nineteenth-Century America : Vernacular Design and Social Change

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This lively interpretation of the changing design of US farmhouses during the 19th century is founded on owner-designed farmhouse plans from the East and Midwest, which are complemented by letters, biographical data, and over one hundred illustrations. In explaining how these transformations reflected changing aspirations and social and economic conditions , focusing on the eventual segregation of male and female domains, this study offers important new insights into the nature of American vernacular architecture and its role in US social history.show more

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  • Hardback | 278 pages
  • 161 x 239.8 x 25.1mm | 577.27g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195044754
  • 9780195044751

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This study approaches the architecture of the progressive farmer's home as an index of social and cultural history, proceeding from the premise that house forms both influence and reflect the fundamental patterns of culture, including family life, child-rearing practices, and the role of the individual.show more

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This original and manyu-faceted excursion into rural history demonstrates how a conjuncture of current social issues can promote novel ways of reinterpreting the recent past....Good new insights, like the ones found here, enhance our craft. * American Historical Review *show more

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