From Fireplace to Cookstove: Technology and the Domestic Ideal in America
"Brewer covers impressive new ground, exploring the shift from fireplaces to stoves for cooking and heating in American homes, and sheds new light on the supposedly "separate spheres" of home and the world in nineteenth-century America. She also considers the changing responses to technological development, the emergence of a consumer ethic, and the attempt to define and preserve a distinct Anglo-American middle-class culture." "Extensively documented - based on letters, diaries, probate inventories, census records, sales figures, advertisements, fiction, and advice literature - the book will be valuable to scholars of American history and women's studies."--Jacket.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Other editions - View all
Account advertisement agreed American appliances ashes bake become Beecher beginning Book Boston brick century City clean closed coal cold comfort common Company concluded consumers continued Cooking Stove cookstove cost County Courtesy diary difficult domestic early economy electric England equally equipment example experience explained fact fire fireplace Franklin fuel George hearth heat Henry History household housekeeping illus important improved included inventories iron James John Journal keep kitchen labor late later less letter living manufacturers Mary Mass Massachusetts Michigan models moved needed never noted observed oven Patent Pennsylvania period Philadelphia plates preparation Press Probate problem Providence Quoted range recorded reported reprint saving Scientific similar smoke Society suggests thing Thomas traditional turn Univ warm winter woman women wood wrote York Young