The Resource Domesticating history : the political origins of America's house museums, Patricia West

Domesticating history : the political origins of America's house museums, Patricia West

Label
Domesticating history : the political origins of America's house museums
Title
Domesticating history
Title remainder
the political origins of America's house museums
Statement of responsibility
Patricia West
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Focusing on George Washington's Mount Vernon, Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House, Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, and the Booker T. Washington National Monument, Patricia West shows how historic houses reflect less the lives and times of their famous inhabitants than the political pressures of the eras during which they were transformed into museums. In the late 1850s, the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association evoked a mythologized George Washington to campaign for the "rescue" of his home, glossing over his role as a slaveholder to appeal to patrons on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line. In 1912, the establishment of Orchard House as a museum paid homage to Alcott's novel Little Women and unified the Woman's Club of Concord, Massachusetts, which was bitterly divided over women's suffrage. In the 1920s and 1930s, Monticello became a touchstone for professional house restoration and an idealized Thomas Jefferson a focal point for a rift-weary Democratic Party. During the 1950s, the birthplace of Booker T. Washington became a monument created largely by politicians besieged by conflicts over civil rights." "In Domesticating History, West contends that house museum founders, while claiming to create sites strictly devoted to individual lives, were in fact establishing monuments steeped in the issues of their times."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1958-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
West, Patricia
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E159
LC item number
.W445 1999
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Orchard House Museum (Concord, Mass.)
  • Monticello (Va.)
  • Orchard House Museum (Concord, Mass.)
  • Monticello (Virg.)
  • Orchard House Museum (Concord, Mass.)
  • Historic house museums
  • Dwellings
  • Histoire
  • Habitations
  • Historische musea
  • Woningen
  • Historisches Museum
  • Haus
  • Berühmte Persönlichkeit
  • Politik
  • Dwellings
  • Historic house museums
  • Habitations - Conservation et restauration - États-Unis - Histoire
  • Histoire - Musées - États-Unis - Histoire
  • Berühmte Persönlichkeit
  • Haus
  • Historisches Museum
  • Politik
  • Mount Vernon (Va. : Estate)
  • Monticello (Va.)
  • Booker T. Washington National Monument (Va.)
  • Mount Vernon (Virg. : Domaine)
  • Booker T. Washington National Monument (Virg.)
  • USA
  • United States
  • Virginia
  • Virginia
  • Virginia
  • USA
Label
Domesticating history : the political origins of America's house museums, Patricia West
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-231) and index
Contents
  • Inventing a house undivided: antebellum cultural politics and the enshrinement of Mount Vernon
  • Gender politics and the Orchard House museum
  • Campaigning for Monticello
  • "The bricks of compromise settle into place": Booker T. Washington's birthplace and the civil rights movement
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 241 p.
Isbn
9781560988113
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
98052073
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40473704
  • (OCoLC)ocm40473704
Label
Domesticating history : the political origins of America's house museums, Patricia West
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-231) and index
Contents
  • Inventing a house undivided: antebellum cultural politics and the enshrinement of Mount Vernon
  • Gender politics and the Orchard House museum
  • Campaigning for Monticello
  • "The bricks of compromise settle into place": Booker T. Washington's birthplace and the civil rights movement
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiii, 241 p.
Isbn
9781560988113
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
98052073
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (OCoLC)40473704
  • (OCoLC)ocm40473704

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