At Home in Nineteenth-Century America
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.
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