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After the Revolution : the Smithsonian history of everyday life in the eighteenth century /
Barbara Clark Smith.
1st ed.
New York : Pantheon Books ; [Washington, D.C.] : National Museum of American History, c1985.
xxvi, 214 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
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New York : Pantheon Books ; [Washington, D.C.] : National Museum of American History, c1985.
0394543815 :
general note
Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 187-208.
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Appeared in Choice on 1986-04:
Smith's well-illustrated book was designed to provide a background for the Hall of American Life in the Smithsonian's Museum of History and Technology. It seeks to understand the lives of the people who made and used the ``material culture'' of their environment. To do this Smith uses as a vehicle the lives of several ordinary people: Samuel Colton, a moderately prosperous Massachusetts merchant; the Springer family of Delaware farmers; Henry Saunders, an ambitious Virginia planter; and finally, ex-slave and preacher Richard Allen of Philadelphia. Few people of this sort have left sufficient records for conventional biographies. Smith has had to interpolate extensive information from many records to piece together a probable life for any of these people. The difficulty of reconstructing the lives of these figures while relating them to both material culture and existing documentary evidence is obvious. Fortunately, Smith does place this information in the relatively new and growing setting of emphasizing the middle and lower classes in American history. Her book will be extremely useful to students of early America as well as to museum and restoration workers. Public and academic libraries, community college level and up.-C.R. Allen Jr., Widener University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1985-11-01:
Focusing on the lives of four individuals (a Massachusetts merchant, a Delaware farmer, a Virginia plantation owner, and the founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church), this work evokes the contours and texture of life in 18th-century America. Smith makes imaginative use of contemporary records and, most especially, includes excellent illustrations and photographs of common objects. In doing so, she illuminates and details aspects of economic, social, political, and material life. This is a very valuable work on early American history. It will be required reading not only for students of the era, but also for those who wish to fully appreciate the new Smithsonian exhibit which it complements. Roy H. Tryon, Delaware State Archives, Dover
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Library Journal, November 1985
Choice, April 1986
School Library Journal, April 1986
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