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Chapter 4 response for after the fact

Chapter 4 response for after the fact - Kelsey Jans History...

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Kelsey Jans History 201 Prof. Lamphier A review of Davidson and Lyttle’s, “Material Witness,” in After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (New York: 2005) In the fourth chapter of Davidson and Lyttle’s After the Fact , Davidson and Lyttle discuss the importance of material culture and how important it can be. First of all, they show us how material culture can determine the everyday life during a specific time period, how refinement and innovations became important to Americans, how housing had changed, how the middle class changed in order to have the same luxuries as the upper class had, the impact extra income had on Americans. The fourth chapter presents us with a picture of something that appears to be a crate which is actually known as a baby tender. This was one of the first objects that demonstrated material culture in America. However, we would not be able to develop material culture unless there were problems in the first place. For example, the baby tender was designed in order to help babies walk although sometimes it was detrimental and caused babies to propel towards fireplaces and burn themselves on accident. Such accidents caused innovations for material culture in the future.
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