Mistresses of the Transient Hearth American Army Officers' Wives and Material Culture, 1840-1880
By Robin D. Campbell Copyright 2005
206 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
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This book explores the ways in which mid-19th Century American army officers' wives used material culture to confirm their status as middle-class women.
List of Illustrations and Tables -- Preface and Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- Chapter One -- The Life of the Mind -- Chapter Two -- A Necessary Nuisance: Sartorial Concerns -- Chapter Three -- Dainties in the Larder -- Chapter Four -- I Never Objected to Entertaining Men -- Chapter Five -- Household Gods: the Essentials of Home Life -- Chapter Six -- Taps -- Appendix One -- Appendix Two -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index.