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

Families and Farmhouses in Nineteenth-Century America

Vernacular Design and Social Change

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Published: 16th June 1988
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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.

"This original and manyu-faceted excursion into rural history demonstrates how a conjuncture of current social issues can promote novel ways of reinterpreting the recent past....Good new insights, like the ones found here, enhance our craft."--American Historical Review "An important addition to the history of domestic architecture."--Reviews in American History "A useful addition to the growing literature on the relationship between families and the physical structures in which they live."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History "An excellent, well-written, information-packed book. Anyone interested in agriculture, the rural landscape, or vernacular domestic architecture will find the book valuable."--South Dakota History "Impressively argued and abundantly illustrated....McMurry makes exemplary use of their words and pictures and also draws upon an imposing mass of other primary and secondary sources. Both her analysis and her bibliography will be helpful to students of nineteenth-century life."--Indiana Magazine of History "This original and manyu-faceted excursion into rural history demonstrates how a conjuncture of current social issues can promote novel ways of reinterpreting the recent past....Good new insights, like the ones found here, enhance our craft."--American Historical Review "An important addition to the history of domestic architecture."--Reviews in American History "A useful addition to the growing literature on the relationship between families and the physical structures in which they live."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History "An excellent, well-written, information-packed book. Anyone interested in agriculture, the rural landscape, or vernacular domestic architecture will find the book valuable."--South Dakota History "Impressively argued and abundantly illustrated....McMurry makes exemplary use of their words and pictures and also draws upon an imposing mass of other primary and secondary sources. Both her analysis and her bibliography will be helpful to students of nineteenth-century life."--Indiana Magazine of History "A major contribution to the growing literature on the Victorian-era American countryside....A text to be read and considered by all who study the organiztion and operations of nineteenth-century American rural life....Broadens our comprehension of the rural world and historically enfranchises individuals whose contributions still ennoble that world."--Winterthur Portfolio "A highly readable and important book....Well illustrated with floor plans, photographs, and perspective drawings, this is a rich and rewarding book that will be of interest to students in American studies, regional history, and vernacular architecture. Recommended."--Choice

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 3
Notesp. 8
the Progressive Agriculturist's Vernacularp. 10
the Shape of Cooperation: the Farmstead as Workplace, 1830-1855p. 56
the Spheres Diverge: Work on the Progressive Farmstead, 1855-1885p. 87
City Parlor, Country Sitting Roomp. 135
Supervision to Self-Culture: Children's Spaces on the Progressive Farmsteadp. 177
Notesp. 204
from Production to Consumption: Progressive Farmhouse Design at the Turn of the Centuryp. 209
Notesp. 219
Epiloguep. 223
Picture Sources And Creditsp. 251
Indexp. 255
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ISBN: 9780195044751
ISBN-10: 0195044754
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 16th June 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.8 x 15.9  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.57