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

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Oxford University Press, Jun 16, 1988 - Architecture - 288 pages
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The antebellum era and the close of the 19th century frame a period of great agricultural expansion. During this time, farmhouse plans designed by rural men and women regularly appeared in the flourishing Northern farm journals. This book analyzes these vital indicators of the work patterns, social interactions, and cultural values of the farm families of the time. Examining several hundred owner-designed plans, McMurry shows the ingenious ways in which "progressive" rural Americans designed farmhouses in keeping with their visions of a dynamic, reformed rural culture. From designs for efficient work spaces to a concern for self-contained rooms for adolescent children, this fascinating story of the evolution of progressive farmers' homes sheds new light on rural America's efforts to adapt to major changes brought by industrialization, urbanization, the consolidation of capitalist agriculture, and the rise of the consumer society.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The Progressive Agriculturists Vernacular
10
The Shape of Cooperation The Farmstead as Workplace 18301855
56
The Spheres Diverge Work on the Progressive Farmstead 18551885
87
City Parlor Country Sitting Room
135
Supervision to SelfCulture Childrens Spaces on the Progressive Farmstead
177
From Production to Consumption Progressive Farmhouse Design at the Turn of the Century
209
EPILOGUE
223
BIBLIOGRAPHY
225
PICTURE SOURCES AND CREDITS
251
INDEX
255
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McMurry is Professor of History at Penn State University and a member of the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Board.

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