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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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The American Home on the Move in the Age of Expansion

The American Home on the Move in the Age of Expansion

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(p.132) 4 The American Home on the Move in the Age of Expansion
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At Home in Nineteenth-Century America
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Amy G. Richter

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814769133.003.0005

Chapter 4 focuses on the use of domestic goods and values to create feelings of stability and progress in the face of geographic mobility and the United States’ global expansion. Taking up the two meanings of “domestic,” it considers the give-and-take between home and nation and the use of domesticity in the creation and assertion of American identity at the end of the nineteenth century. Documents by W.A. Marin, William Dean Howells, and Stephen Crane offer different views on domestic ideals and experiences in the American west. Mary Antin and an article from Ladies’ Home Journal suggest the ways in which domestic spaces and goods helped women negotiate immigration and growing globalization. And finally, accounts of Theodore Roosevelt’s attitude toward international marriages, the Columbian Exposition, and Caroline Shunk’s experiences as a military wife in the Philippines draw more explicit connections between domesticity, international competition, and U.S. imperialism.

Keywords:   geographic mobility, U.S. imperialism, W.A. Marin, William Dean Howells, Stephen Crane, Mary Antin, Ladies’ Home Journal, Theodore Roosevelt, Columbian Exposition, Caroline Shunk

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