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The Resource All our yesterdays : a century of family life in an American small town, James Oliver Robertson and Janet C. Robertson

All our yesterdays : a century of family life in an American small town, James Oliver Robertson and Janet C. Robertson

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All our yesterdays : a century of family life in an American small town
Title
All our yesterdays
Title remainder
a century of family life in an American small town
Statement of responsibility
James Oliver Robertson and Janet C. Robertson
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Language
eng
Summary
  • "A little over twenty-five years ago, James and Janet Robertson, a young couple with two children, bought an eighteenth-century house in Hampton, a small town in northeastern Connecticut. For more than one hundred and fifty years this beautiful, characteristic New England structure had been home to an unusually accumulative family named Taintor, who saved a vast quantity of papers - personal and business letters; accounts of travel; newspapers and other periodicals; bills and business files; books and pamphlets; visiting cards, invitations, and playbills; college catalogues and notes and class speeches."
  • "Drawing on the remarkable riches of the Taintor collection, the Robertsons record the experiences of the family since the 1790s. Two young couples, the brothers Roger and Solomon Taintor and their wives, the sisters Abigail and Judith (nee Bulkeley), were the first of the family to live in the house. Harmoniously occupying it together, they established themselves among the town's leading citizens; as merchants and livestock dealers, they soon began to participate in local politics and eventually moved some of their capital into out-of-town industrial and financial ventures. Their sons, cousins raised in the house like brothers, in time enrolled at Yale, reporting from there in astonishingly frank letters on student riots and girl-chasing but also seriously reflecting on their studies and travels, future careers, and the rituals of courtship. The surprisingly varied lives of the Taintor women, too, are vividly and candidly revealed in their expressive correspondence and other personal documents. As the generations pass, we come to know intimately - in their own words as amplified by the Robertsons' thoughtfully informed narrative - these feisty, frugal Yankees who created their share of the uniquely American economy, fought to preserve the Union, and finally entered the modern world still maintaining the small-town values that continue to this day to shape our national life as a guiding mythology."
  • "All Our Yesterdays takes us back into the very midst of the daily life that would become the model of our country's perception of itself, into the reality of the past as it was actually lived - births and deaths, gossip and scandal, triumphs and reversals at work and at home; attitudes toward sex, love, and marriage; the local reverberations of great national political events and wars. "It was a wonderful serendipity that connected us to such a treasure trove," the Robertsons write, and in All Our Yesterdays they brilliantly share their good fortune with the rest of us."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
F104.H24
LC item number
R63 1993
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
All our yesterdays : a century of family life in an American small town, James Oliver Robertson and Janet C. Robertson
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"Aaron Asher books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Relics of the Past -- pt. I. Revolutionary Americans. 1. Bred in Hampton's Bones. 2. Changing Lives in a Changing World. 3. Merchants Aspiring to Be Gentlemen. 4. Bringing Up Gentlemen. 5. Living and Dying -- pt. II. Born Republican. 6. The Wider World. 7. The Vital Center. 8. Seeking Independence. 9. Running in Place -- pt. III. Becoming Victorian. 10. Starting a New Family. 11. Hampton at Mid-Century. 12. The Domestic World. 13. Farming and the Public Life -- pt. IV. Another Revolution. 14. Downward Mobility. 15. War and Revolution. 16. Disappointed Daughters of Aspiration. 17. Small-Town Fortunes -- pt. V. Uprooting America. 18. Growing Away. 19. Emigrants to the Gilded Age. 20. Hometown. 21. The Death of an Era -- Epilogue: Whose Yesterdays?
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
512 pages
Isbn
9780060190170
Lccn
91058350
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26405001
  • (OCoLC)ocm26405001
Label
All our yesterdays : a century of family life in an American small town, James Oliver Robertson and Janet C. Robertson
Publication
Note
"Aaron Asher books."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Prologue: Relics of the Past -- pt. I. Revolutionary Americans. 1. Bred in Hampton's Bones. 2. Changing Lives in a Changing World. 3. Merchants Aspiring to Be Gentlemen. 4. Bringing Up Gentlemen. 5. Living and Dying -- pt. II. Born Republican. 6. The Wider World. 7. The Vital Center. 8. Seeking Independence. 9. Running in Place -- pt. III. Becoming Victorian. 10. Starting a New Family. 11. Hampton at Mid-Century. 12. The Domestic World. 13. Farming and the Public Life -- pt. IV. Another Revolution. 14. Downward Mobility. 15. War and Revolution. 16. Disappointed Daughters of Aspiration. 17. Small-Town Fortunes -- pt. V. Uprooting America. 18. Growing Away. 19. Emigrants to the Gilded Age. 20. Hometown. 21. The Death of an Era -- Epilogue: Whose Yesterdays?
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
512 pages
Isbn
9780060190170
Lccn
91058350
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)26405001
  • (OCoLC)ocm26405001

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