American Material Culture: The Shape of Things Around Us

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University of Wisconsin Pres, 1984 - Social Science - 255 pages
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The use of objects as source materials for scholarship has been increasingly legitimazed by the growth of American Studies programs which are now in the forefront in their work with objects. The use of the museum as a primary resource is currently being given a position of increasing importance in American Studies scholarship.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Material Culture and Artifact Classification
11
Artifacts Relating to Mourning
48
Gynecological Instruments and Surgical Decisions at
66
Some Handkerchiefs
92
Campaign Appeals to Women
128
Toys and American Culture Objects as Hypotheses
149
An Interpretation of
158
Furniture the American Revolution and
182
Comestible Communication
208
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