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Of Material Culture and the Emerging Middle Class Material Witness Study of material culture (objects of history) Written records and physical analysis to determine broader context Whats its use? What did this object represent in society? o Ex: baby-tender, bed curtains, rugs, household inventories, diaries, account books, paintings/“genre scenes” , photographs Room For Improvement Material culture disappears when not passed down through generations and significance is lost Role of quilts: warmth and socialization after their completion Redefining of America Material culture constantly changing Historians look at the long-term trends by looking at contrasting time periods Gradual changes first appear in urban and industrialized areas “courtesy books” and the emphasis on behavior in the presence of others Refinement through spread of genteel objects and the space enclosing them o Ex: heating, comfort, architecture, house design, entertainment, lighting
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This note was uploaded on 02/25/2008 for the course HIST 200gm taught by Professor Shammas during the Spring '05 term at USC.

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