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Recommended Readings

Weekly seminar readings may include selections from but are not limited to the following:

  • Alexander, Leslie M. African or American? Black Identity and Political Activism in New York City, 1784-1861. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2008.
  • Ames, Kenneth L. “Meaning in Artifacts: Hall Furnishings in Victorian America.” Journal of Interdisciplinary History 9 (Summer 1978): 19-46.
  • Ballon, Hilary, ed. The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan. New York: Museum of the City of New York, 2012.
  • Beckert, Sven, and Julia B. Rosenbaun, eds. The American Bourgeoisie, Distinction, and Identity in the Nineteenth Century. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • Blackmar, Elizabeth. Manhattan for Rent, 1785-1850. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989.
  • Brown, Joshua. Beyond the Lines: Pictorial Reporting, Everyday Life and the Crisis of Gilded Age America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
  • Burrows, Edwin G., and Mike Wallace. Gotham: A History of New York City to 1898. Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Cantwell, Anne-Marie E., and Diana diZerega Wall. Unearthing Gotham: The Archaeology of New York City. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2001.
  • Cook, James W. “Seeing the Visual in U.S. History.” Journal of American History 95:2 (September 2008): 432-41.
  • Cromley, Elizabeth C. Alone Together: A History of New York’s Early Apartments. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1990.
  • Dolkart, Andrew. Biography of a Tenement House in New York City. Charlottesville: University of Virginia, 2006.
  • Garrison, J. Ritchie. “Material Cultures.” In A Companion to American Cultural History, ed. Karen Halttunen. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
  • Gaskell, Ivan. “Some Cherokee and Chitimacha Baskets: Problems of Interpretation.” In Iconographies Without Texts, ed. Paul Taylor. London and Turin: Warburg Institute Colloquia 13 (2008): 175-193.
  • Grier, Katherine C. Culture and Comfort: Parlor Making and Middle-class Identity, 1850-1930. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1992.
  • Harris, Neil, ed. Cultural Excursions: Marketing Appetites and Cultural Tastes in Modern America. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.
  • “Period Rooms and the American Art Museum.” Winterthur Portfolio 46, no. 2/3 (Summer/Autumn 2012): 117-137.
  • Harvey, Karen, ed. History and Material Culture: A Student’s Guide to Approaching Alternative Sources. London: Routledge, 2009.
  • Henkin, David M. City Reading: Written Words and Public Spaces in Antebellum New York. New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.
  • Herman, Bernard L. Town House: Architecture and Material life in the Early American City, 1780-1830. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia. 2005.
  • Hill, Jason E., and Vanessa R. Schwartz, eds. Getting the Picture: The Visual Culture of the News. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
  • Hofer, Margaret K., and Debra Schmidt Bach. Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York. New York: New-York Historical Society, 2011.
  • Howe, Katherine, Alice Frelinghuysen, and Catherine Voorsanger. Herter Brothers: Furniture and Interiors for a Gilded Age. New York: Abrams, 1994.
  • Lobel, Cindy R. Urban Appetites: Food and Culture in Nineteenth-century New York. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.
  • McNeur, Catherine. Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2014.
  • Orcutt, Kimberly, ed. John Rogers: American Stories. New York: New-York Historical Society, 2010.
  • Peterson, Carla. Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in Nineteenth-Century New York. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012.
  • Promey, Sally. “Situating Visual Culture.” In A Companion to American Cultural History, ed. Karen Halttunen. Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2008.
  • Prown, Jules David, and Kenneth Haltman, eds. American Artifacts: Essays in Material Culture. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2000.
  • Rosenzweig, Roy, and Elizabeth Blackmar. The Park and the People. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1988.
  • Schwartz, Vanessa R., and Jeannene M. Przyblyski, eds. Nineteenth-Century Visual Culture Reader. New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Scobey, David M. Empire City: The Making and Meaning of the New York City Landscape. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2002.
  • Skemer, Don C. “David Alling’s Chair Manufactory: Craft Industrialization in Newark, New Jersey, 1801-1854.” Winterthur Portfolio 22, no. 1 (Spring, 1987): 1-21.
  • Tchen, John Kuo Wei. New York Before Chinatown: Orientalism & the Shaping of American Culture, 1776-1882. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1999.
  • Upton, Dell. Another City: Urban Life and Urban Spaces in the New American Republic. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2008.
  • Voorsanger, Catherine Hoover, and John K. Howat, eds. Art and the Empire City: New York, 1825–1861. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000.
  • Yochelson, Bonnie, and Daniel Czitrom. Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn-of-the-Century New York. New York: New Press, 2007.
  • Zurier, Rebecca, Robert W. Snyder and Virginia M. Mecklenburg. Metropolitan Lives: The Ashcan Artists and Their New York. Washington, D.C.: National Museum of American Art, 1995.

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