Artifacts from 19th Century America examines a broad array of objects representing various aspects of 19th century American society. The objects have been chosen to illuminate daily life in a number of categories including cooking, entertainment, grooming, clothing and accessories, health, household items, religious life, work, and education.
The book’s 53 entries include a brief introduction to the background of the object, when and why it was made, and who used it, followed by a detailed description of the object itself. Finally, each entry provides a deep dive into the object’s significance and how the object reveals clues about the social, political, economic, and intellectual life of the society in which it was produced and utilized. Students and general readers alike will not only learn about the time period but also learn to use the skills of material culture theory and method, including how to draw meaningful conclusions from each object about their historical context and significance.
- Includes a concise discussion of 19th century artifacts in the context of key topics in history
- Provides readers with guidance on how to assess and analyze artifacts as the physical evidence of human experience
- Introduces readers to material culture theory and method
- Features sidebars that highlight interesting facts related to the artifacts, further illuminating their historical context