From Fireplace to Cookstove: Technology and the Domestic Ideal in America

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Syracuse University Press, Sep 1, 2000 - Social Science - 358 pages
"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.
 

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Contents

Good Living for Those That Love Good Fires
1
So Much of the Comfort of Our Lives Depends on Fire
15
The Art of Economizing Fuel
38
A Great Variety of Stoves Just Received
63
Near a Stove the Heart Builds No Altars
95
We Have Got a Very Good Cooking Stove
118
This Necessary EvilThe Cooking Stove
153
The Disappearing Kitchen Range
191
A Nice Clean Fire Whenever Needed
221
Rediscovering the Woodbuming Cookstove
241
Notes
261
Bibliography
303
Index
325
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