Coalescence of Styles: The Ethnic Heritage of St John River Valley Regional Furniture, 1763-1851

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Jan 17, 2001 - Antiques & Collectibles - 278 pages
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From the mid-eighteenth century on, cultural life in the northern valley of the St John River blended the traditions of Acadian and French Canadian settlers with those of American immigrants. In the southern valley, Mi'kmaq interacted with American newcomers and Loyalist settlers, while the later influx of Scottish and Irish immigrants introduced more layers of cultural traditions. Using an impressively diverse combination of artifacts, artwork, maps, and primary literature from over sixty museum collections and archives, Cook addresses the experiences of immigrants and artisans and their influence on the cultural boundaries along one of eastern North America's most important rivers. She moves beyond a mere catalogue of objects to provide an important comparative analysis of material heritage, showing how furniture embodied the lifestyles of differing groups of settlers.
 

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Contents

St John River Valley Material Culture Objects as Indicators of Cultural Regions 17631851
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The Upper St John River Valley Acadian French Canadian and American Influences in the Madawaska Settlements 17851851
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Anglos and Americans in the Lower St John River Valley EarlyComers Loyalist Generations and Purveyors of Yankee ClapTrap Furniture 17631851
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Scots and Irish in the Lower St John River Valley Scottish FurnitureMaking Traditions and the Impact of Irish Immigrant Artisans 18151851
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Valley Material Culture and the Coalescence of Regional Styles
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Population of Saint John and the Madawaska Settlements 18241851
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List of Artisans 1851 Census and Earlier
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Household Inventory The Hon George Sproule of Fredericton 1818
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List of Tools Purchased by James Anderson Jr New Brunswick from Alexander Mathieson Scotland in 1837
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Notes
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Glossary
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Bibliography
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Credits of Plates and Figures by Collection
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Index
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Jane L. Cook is a visiting assistant professor at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and a research associate at both Kings Landing Historical Settlement and the McCord Museum of Canadian History.

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