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The American Family Home, 1800-1960 / Edition 1

The American Family Home, 1800-1960 / Edition 1

by Clifford Edward ClarkClifford Edward Clark


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In the nineteenth century, architects and family reformers launched promotional campaigns portraying houses no longer as simply physical structures in which families lived but as emblems for family cohesiveness and identity. Clark explains why, despite the fear of standardization and homogenization, the middle class has persisted in viewing the single-family home as the main symbol of independence as as the distinguishing sign of having achieved middle-class status.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807841518
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/12/1986
Edition description: 1
Pages: 297
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Clifford Edward Clark Jr., is M. A. and A. D. Hulings Professor of American Studies and professor of history at Carleton College. He is author of Henry Ward Beecher: Spokesman for a Middle-Class America.

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A stimulating book, one that should appeal to readers interested in architecture as well as in family or women's history.—North Carolina Historical Review

An excellent and needed study of the important relation between houses and the fabric of American family life.—Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Scripps College

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