Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of the New England Home, 1760-1860 Jane C. Nylander

ISBN: 9780300059533

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Our Own Snug Fireside: Images of the New England Home, 1760-1860 by Jane C. Nylander
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In this portrayal of home life in New England from the years preceding the American Revolution to the eve of the Civil War, Jane Nylander explores both everyday realities and the myths that have obscured them. She shows how, thanks to the nineteenthMoreIn this portrayal of home life in New England from the years preceding the American Revolution to the eve of the Civil War, Jane Nylander explores both everyday realities and the myths that have obscured them.

She shows how, thanks to the nineteenth centurys literary, historical, antiquarian, and art movements - from the romantic visions of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Harriet Beecher Stowe through the paintings of Frank Henry Shapleigh and the carefully staged photographs of Wallace Nutting - the New England family home was idealized as warm, welcoming, comfortable, unchanging, and self-sufficient, and became representative, around the world, of the American domestic scene. The thump of the churn and the whir of the spinning wheel were seen as the heartbeats of a daily life that was perpetually colonial and rural.

For the most part, the growing reality of mill towns and burgeoning cities was ignored. Using early records, surviving objects, and recent research, Nylander examines the prevailing assumptions about early New England, identifies the degree to which they were justified, describes gender roles, defines the complex nature of household and neighborhood economics, and suggests what part of the idealized image was actually true. She focuses on the rhythms of life and the changes in domestic spaces and practices which occurred in response to factors as diverse as prosperity and poverty, changing family size and advancing age, severity of season, community ritual, economic and kinship networks, and the impact of the industrial revolution.

Because this book is centered in the home, its primary characters are women and its primary sources the writings of such diarists as SarahSnell Bryant, a doctors wife- Elizabeth Porter Phelps, daughter and wife of prosperous farmers- and Ruth Henshaw Bascom, married to a minister. Here are the intimate details of their household work and management, their social life and celebrations, their contributions to the ho



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