Pursuing Refinement in Rural New England 1750-1850

Pursuing Refinement in Rural New England 1750-1850

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This book takes the form of an exhibition catalogue and was published on the occasion of the opening of the Flynt Center of Early New England Life at Historic Deerfield to accompany its inaugural exhibition. This publication is about the changing social belief system of New England during a period of 100 years. Rural New Englanders embraced the material culture as the urbanites before them had. Houses, fashion, interior decoration, art, handmade furniture, dinnerware, silverware, clocks and watches, handmade embroideries and much more showed a desire for refinement. The author tells the story as if it were (and perhaps it was) a stage play replete with a cast, a plot, a stage and scenery, props, a rehearsal and the opening of the play itself. The book measures 9" x 12.5" and has 91 pages.

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