Sumptuous, informative and engaging, this is the ultimate book on American quilts as art. This edition contains several new quilts, created since the books original publication. Written by one of the leading scholars in the field, its a fascinating chronicle of the growth and evolution of an art form with a rich heritage. Not only does author Robert Shaw provide an insightful look at quilting aesthetics, he places the craft in its historical, cultural, and socioeconomic context, providing a visually lush journey through American history. This opulent volume starts with old-world traditions and goes up to the present, examining key moments that had an impact on quilting culture—including Amish emigration, slavery and the Civil War, the Depression, new sewing technology and the Bicentennial. More than 350 stunning images capture a rich variety of work created by people from all walks of life.
This definitive interdisciplinary collection by leading scholars probes the theoretical and historical contexts of films made about the American past, from silent film to the present. The book offers a fresh assessment of studio era historical filmmaking and its legacy across a range of genres.
Acclaimed as the "father of skyscrapers", the quintessentially American icon Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an architect of aspiration. He believed in giving cultivated American life its fitting architectural equivalent and applied his idealism to structures across the continent, from suburban homes to churches, offices, skyscrapers, and the celebrated Guggenheim Museum. Wright's work is distinguished by its harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture, and which found its paradigm at Fallingwater, a house in rural Pennsylvania, cited by the American Institute of Architects as "the best all-time work of American architecture". Wright also made a particular mark with his use of industrial materials, and by the simple L or T plan of his Prairie House which became a model for rural architecture across America. Wright was also often involved in many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass, paying particular attention to the balance between individual needs and community activity. Exploring Wright's aspirations to augment American society through architecture, this book offers a concise introduction to his at once technological and Romantic response to the practical challenges of middle-class Americans.
Revision with unchanged content. Attempts to expand and globalize the free market over the past quarter-century have led to an intensely polarized society in the United States. In economic terms, American workers are systematically victimized by an agenda that seeks to put more money into wealthy pockets and corporate vaults. The common practice of outsourcing jobs to foreign labor markets by American corporations has left hundreds of thousands of American workers searching for meaningful employment. On the social front, poor and working Americans are realizing a dire sense of hopelessness derived from a domestic policy agenda that aims to end social welfare. The introduction of welfare reform laws that place unreasonable demands on poor and working Americans have ripped away any reliable safety net during a time where millions of workers are in need of valuable assistance. In addition to these economic and social consequences, the neoliberal agenda has also launched an all-out attack on the democratic institution in America. By encouraging the practice of corporate lobbying and campaign financing, neoliberalism has created a political landscape where the interests of corporations take precedence over the interests of the people. Consequently, the American electorate has been rendered impotent in a political game where money equals democratic power.
Times Are Altered with Us: American Indians from Contact to the New Republic offers a concise and engaging introduction to the turbulent 300-year-period of the history of Native Americans and their interactions with Europeans—and then Americans—from 1492 to 1800. Considers the interactions of American Indians at many points of «First Contact» across North America, from the Gulf of Mexico to the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts Explores the early years of contact, trade, reciprocity, and colonization, from initial engagement of different Indian and European peoples—Spanish, French, Dutch, English, and Russian—up to the start of tenuous and stormy relations with the new American government Charts the rapid decline in American Indian populations due to factors including epidemic Old World diseases, genocide and warfare by explorers and colonists, tribal warfare, and the detrimental effects of resource ruination and displacement from traditional lands Features a completely up-to-date synthesis of the literature of the field Incorporates useful student features, including maps, illustrations, and a comprehensive and evaluative Bibliographical Essay Written in an engaging style by an expert in Native American history and designed for use in both the U.S. history survey as well as dedicated courses in Native American studies
Gone are the days of a crafter only having a single interest. Between Design Sponge, Apartment Therapy, Pinterest, and thousands of gorgeous blogs, today's makers are constantly inspired to make things by hand. All a crafter really needs are inspirational examples and excellent step-by-step instructions and By Hand provides plenty of both. The concept for By Hand came about in 2009 when Lena turned the top floor of her Brooklyn brownstone into a studio and began to host an eclectic course of classes, such as machine-sewing, hand-embroidering, pickle-making and perfume-making. By Hand will include core techniques and projects for a wide array of crafts, from advanced screen-printing and dyeing techniques (which she teaches), to beginner's embroidery, braided rag rugs, knitted socks, simple sewn dresses, beaded and braided jewelry, toy-making, candle-making and soap-making (to name a few). Lena is highly regarded in the craft and design community as a tastemaker and for this book, Lena has acted as a "curator", providing crafters with projects that she herself has found personally fascinating and has sought to learn over the years. For most of the projects, she turns to teachers, experts in their field, to walk crafters through the step-by-steps of each technique. Gorgeous photographs of the crafters in action will accompany lovely photos of finished projects.
Technical qualities, social, religious and ritual functions of pottery in the traditional society have been identified to be responsible for its survival in some communities in Igboland, in spite of the introduction of western technology and the attendant products such as plastic, enamel, aluminium, glass and modern pottery wares. However, it is yet to be examined how traditional potters from some communities have made certain changes on their pottery forms and decorations which in addition helped them to deal with the challenges posed by these products. Afikpo and Ishiagu are among communities in Igboland where such changes have been observed on pottery forms and decorations. This book provides an insight into the strategies which Afikpo and Ishiagu traditional potters used and still use to continue to keep their craft alive. The people discovered that some of the traditional pottery forms could as well serve as ornamental pieces in homes. Consequently, the potters embarked on re-designing and modification of some of their forms to fit into the new uses. With this the potters expanded their craft and created new market outlets which increased their chances of survival.
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"Christmas at Thompson Hall" brings together the best of the Christmas stories of Anthony Trollope, one of the most successful, prolific, and respected English novelists of the nineteenth century. Characterized by insightful, psychologically rich, and sometimes wryly humorous depictions of the middle class and gentry of Victorian England - and inspired occasionally by missives in the "lost letter" box of the provincial post office that Trollope ran - these tales helped to enshrine the traditions of the decorated Christmas tree, the holiday turkey, and the giving of store-bought gifts. Today, they open a window onto a time when carolers filled the streets and each house s door displayed a wreath of evergreen boughs, a time at once distant and yet startlingly familiar.
This study seeks to examine the rise of interest in American travel narratives and increasing Orientalist representations on direct encounter with the “Orient” within six immediately popular and influential narratives. The work traces 19th century American exceptionalist discourses in these narratives via categories of latent Orientalism and argue for a by no means uniform but an indigenous 19th century latent American Orientalism prevalent in these six texts. The analysis also draws on the substantial influence of the journey narrative both as a motif and as a genre in the 19th century American literary scene and its historically embedded impact. The work treats the discursive preferences of the authors as conscious strategies or subliminal reflexes in the national identity formation processes that these narratives partake in.
American MORE! is a four-level course from a highly respected author team that's bursting with features for lower secondary students. With dedicated reading, culture, grammar, vocabulary, skills and cross-curricular learning sections, plus a wide range of flexible components, you really do get more with American MORE! The Extra Practice Book contains material on life and culture topics, and extra practice exercises. The language corresponds to the units of the Student's Book. It also includes a 'pull-out and keep' mini-reader of 'The Open Window' by Saki.
Drums and a distorted keyboard accompany the singer of the band as he recites the lyrics: "It painted our youth, painted our spirit, painted our rhythm, painted our style." The audience shouts along with the rhythm. Slowly the bass player strides to the front of the stage. Then the guitar players line up beside him. "It painted our virtues, painted our crimes, painted all we have." The drummer and keyboard player join the line. A man - clad in white like the band - enters the front of the stage. The crowd wait in anticipation as the lighting fades. The man in white stretches out his gloved hand, and when the brush with red paint touches the bass player''s throat the tense crowd explodes in hysterical shouting, drowning out the vocals: "painted, painted, painted our lives." This books examines how musicians in postsocialist China use politics to engage audiences.
Between 1865 and 1900 the Independent African-American Church developed as a compelling and powerful institution, whereby the church developed itself as a tool to constant progress for African-Americans in the American society. The African-American church was not only a religious place, but also a place where the African-Americans developed a collective identity. The end of slavery had created a desire to the establishment of an independent African-American Church, without being disturbt or being controlled by whites. The independent African-American Church brought the African-Americans for the same and common cause together. This church has played an enormously important role in the formation of a self-contained community, as many scientists have already investigated. This work investigates why African-Americans decided to create their own Independent African-American Churches immediately after the abolition of slavery in 1865. In addition it will look into the role of the Independent African-American Church in the African-American community as it particularly investigates the reasons why the African-Americans wanted to establish their own independent churches.