American Home Life, 1880-1930

American Home Life, 1880-1930

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qIn the pivotal decades around the turn of the century, American domestic life underwent dramatic alteration. From backstairs to front stairs, spaces and the activities within them were radically affected by shifts in the larger social and material environments. This volume, while taking account of architecture and decoration, moves us beyond the study of buildings to the study of behaviors, particularly the behaviors of those who peopled the middle-class, single-family, detached American home between 1880 and 1930.q qThe book's contributors study transformations in services (such as home utilities of power, heat, light, water, and waste removal) in servicing (for example, the impact of home appliances such as gas and electric ranges, washing machines, and refrigerators), and in serving (changes in domestic servants' duties, hours of work, racial and ethnic backgrounds).q qIn blending intellectual and home history, these essays both examine and exemplify the perennial American enthusiasm for, as well as anxiety about, the meaning of modernity.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights ReservedThat interiors from the first decades of the twentieth century were designed to express the personality of the owner (or his interior decorator) can be seen in this quote from a popular home decoration manual of the 1930s and 1940s, The Bookanbsp;...

Title:American Home Life, 1880-1930
Author:Jessica H. Foy, Thomas J. Schlereth
Publisher:Univ. of Tennessee Press - 1994-08-01


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