Harmony of the Spirits: Translation and the Language of Community in Early Pennsylvania

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UNC Press Books, 2012 - History - 335 pages
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Combining vivid photography with engaging essays, Dining with the Washingtons explores the menus, diet, and styles of entertaining that characterized the beloved home of the nation's principal founding father.

Compelling accounts, historic artwork, and images of gardens, table settings, prepared food, and objects from the Mount Vernon collection blend to shed fresh light on the daily lives of George and Martha Washington, on their ceaseless stream of household guests and those who served them, and on the ways food and drink reflected the culture of eighteenth-century America. Featuring a foreword by former White House executive chef Walter Scheib and more than 90 historic recipes adapted for today's kitchens by renowned culinary historian Nancy Carter Crump, this book is ideal for veteran and novice cooks alike as well as for those wishing to learn about both formal and everyday dining at Mount Vernon. Drawing from a wide range of sources, including memoirs, diaries, plantation documents, archaeological research, and the personal correspondence of the Washington family and their visitors, this charming volume brings the household of America's first president and his wife vividly to life for modern-day readers.

The contributors are:
Steven T. Bashore, Manager of Historic Trades, Mount Vernon
Carol Borchert Cadou, Robert H. Smith Senior Curator and Vice President for Collections, Mount Vernon
Nancy Carter Crump, author and founder, Culinary Historians of Virginia
J. Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture, Mount Vernon
Dennis J. Pogue, Vice President of Preservation, Mount Vernon
Walter Scheib, former executive chef, The White House
Mary V. Thompson, Research Historian, Mount Vernon
Esther White, Director of Archaeology, Mount Vernon

 

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Contents

Unter der Leitung seines Geistes Spiritual Translation in Early America
1
Reversing the Heritage of Babel Visions of Religious and Linguistic Renewal in SeventeenthCentury Europe
17
Translating Pennsylvania Visions of Spiritual Community in Promotional Literature
63
Debating Pennsylvania Religious and Linguistic Diversity and Difference
127
HoneyCombs and PaperHives Francis Daniel Pastorius and the Gathering of a Translingual Community of Letters
159
A Hidden Voice Amplified Music Mysticism and Translation
195
What Will Become of Pennsylvania? War Community and the Language of Suffering for Peace
243
Confusio Linguarum Redux Moravian Missions Multilingualism and the Search for a Spiritual Language
301
Index
325
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Patrick M. Erben is associate professor of English at the University of West Georgia.