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The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date November 1, 2002
Pages 501
Binding Paperback
Edition 1 reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679766445
ISBN-10 0679766448
Dimensions 1.25 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 0.50 lbs.
Original list price $18.00
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Summary
Complemented by more than 150 illustrations, an incisive portrait of early industrialization in America chronicles the production of cloth and its influence on the cultural, economic, social, and political world of early America. By the author of the Bancroft Prize-winning A Midwife's Tale. Reprint. 17,500 first printing. (view table of contents)
Amazon.com description: Product Description: They began their existence as everyday objects, but in the hands of award-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, fourteen domestic items from preindustrial America–ranging from a linen tablecloth to an unfinished sock–relinquish their stories and offer profound insights into our history.

In an age when even meals are rarely made from scratch, homespun easily acquires the glow of nostalgia. The objects Ulrich investigates unravel those simplified illusions, revealing important clues to the culture and people who made them. Ulrich uses an Indian basket to explore the uneasy coexistence of native and colonial Americans. A piece of silk embroidery reveals racial and class distinctions, and two old spinning wheels illuminate the connections between colonial cloth-making and war. Pulling these divergent threads together, Ulrich demonstrates how early Americans made, used, sold, and saved textiles in order to assert their identities, shape relationships, and create history.

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Hardcover
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1 edition from Alfred a Knopf Inc (September 1, 2001)
9780679445944 | details & prices | 501 pages | 6.50 × 9.50 × 1.50 in. | 1.90 lbs | List price $35.00
About: A portrait of early industrialization in America chronicles the production of cloth and its influence on the cultural, economic, social, and political world of early America.
Paperback
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1 reprint edition from Vintage Books (November 1, 2002)
9780679766445 | details & prices | 501 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.25 in. | 0.50 lbs | List price $18.00
About: A portrait of early industrialization in America chronicles the production of cloth and its influence on the cultural, economic, social, and political world of early America.

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