Pattern in the Material Folk Culture of the Eastern United States

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University of Pennsylvania Press, 1969 - Art - 316 pages
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What is folk culture? What distinguishes true folk creations from the cultural hybrids of commerce and popular innovation? To clarify this muddled situation and to provide clear standards and visual examples for the study and appreciation of a broad range of objects, Henry Glassie has written this detailed examination of material folk culture in the United States. He isolates American material culture—that segment of our culture that embodies the people's plans, methods, and reasons for producing things that can be seen and touched—and discusses methods for determining whether an object is truly folk—as opposed, say, to merely popular—by examining its form, construction, and use.

The book represents the first attempt to compare different kinds of material folk culture, including architecture, tools, and cookery, to detect common patterns and, in doing so, challenges conventional views of both folk culture and American culture.

 

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Contents

Fig r Projecting Roof Rectangular Outhuilding Type 1o Fig 1 Plows of the Early Nineteenth Century
4
Homemade Black Doll
8
FiveStting Banjoes Made in the Southern Mountains
13
Corn Knives
17
Duck Decoys 31
22
REGIONAL PATTERNS
35
The Major Folk Cultural Source Areas
37
The Movement of Ideas
38
MidAtlantic Farmhouses
58
The Pennsylvania Barn Type
60
Southern I Houses
65
Fig ro Southern I House Plans
68
Chimney with Exterior Fireplace
76
The Hall and Parlor House Type So Fig 13 DouhlePen House Types of the Southern Uplands
81
The Glenns Duleimer Shop
84
The TwoLevel Outhuilding Type
87

Material Folk Culture Regions
39
Fig 1o Yarn Reel
40
Fig i1 Outdoor Bakeoven
41
Blanket Chests
44
Frakmr Hans Segen
45
Pennsylvania German Central Chimney House type
50
Fig iy British Cahins in the MidAtlantic Region
51
MidAtlantic House Plans
56
The DouhleCrih to TransverseCrih Barn Sequence 9o Fig 17 The Dogttot House Type
94
Hall and Parlor House with Centtal Hall
97
Bluegrass Stonewall
100
Fig 3o DouhlePen Houses of the Lowland South 1o3 Fig 31 Southern Syrup Making Machinery
108
Urhan Folk Culmre 116
116
CONCLUSIONS 134
134
INDEX 317
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About the author (1969)

Henry Glassie is College Professor of Folklore at Indiana University. He is the author of Art and Life in Bangladesh, The Spirit of Folk Art, All Silver and No Brass: An Irish Christmas Mumming, and Irish Folk History: Tales from the North, which is also available from the University of Pennsylvania Press.