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At Home in Nineteenth-Century AmericaA Documentary History$
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Amy G. Richter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780814769133

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814769133.001.0001

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At Home in Nineteenth-Century America

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At Home in Nineteenth-Century America

Amy G. Richter

NYU Press

The introduction describes the history and historiography of the home and domesticity in the United States. It addresses the types of spaces Americans called home in the nineteenth century and highlights important changes in their physical surroundings and material culture. It then discusses the ways that various fields of history (house history, women’s history, urban history) have studied the home and explains the separate spheres ideal at the center of so much of this scholarship. The goal is to underscore the centrality of home to a range of historical inquiries while emphasizing its importance to people in the past.

Keywords:   historiography, domesticity, home, house history, urban history, women’s history, separate spheres, material culture

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