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Domesticating History - the Political Origins of America's House Museums (Paperback): P. West
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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 in homage to the domestic harmony portrayed in Alcott's novel "Little Women" 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. Historic house museums during the 19th century embodied faith in the power of a common yet often sanitized vision of history; during the early 20th century, historic house-making increasingly reflected the interests of politicians, corporations and museum professionals. 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.


Imprint: Smithsonian Books
Country of origin: United States
Release date: June 1999
First published: May 1999
Authors: P. West
Dimensions: 228 x 150 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 304
ISBN-13: 978-1-56098-836-6
Barcode: 9781560988366
Categories: Promotions
Books > Humanities > History > American history
Books > History > American history
Books > Humanities > History > American history > General
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Books > Arts & Architecture > Architecture
Books > Arts & Architecture > Architecture > General
LSN: 1-56098-836-3

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