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Home Sweet Home: Around the House in the 1800s (Daily Life in America in the 1800s)

Home Sweet Home: Around the House in the 1800s (Daily Life in America in the 1800s)

Zachary Chastain

Language: English

Pages: 30

ISBN: 1422218546

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


In rough frontier cabins, tidy farmhouses, and elegant townhouses, Americans in the 1800s were dedicated to living as well and as comfortably as their circumstances allowed. The American home was a sacred institution, the seat of family life where the patriarch ruled with Mother at his side as guardian of the home, and the children were raised with strict discipline and strong values.

Changes in taste and fashion, improvements in technology (indoor plumbing and a host of new labor-saving devices), and social change transformed home and family life in the 1800s, as opportunities for leisure activities and commercially produced consumer goods came within reach of the average American.

But the strong American tradition of the sanctity of the home, consumerism, and the importance of a happy family life has its roots in the homes of nineteenth-century Americans.

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Americans were in transition in the 1800s. They were moving from one way of life to another, and as they changed, so did their houses and their ideas of home. For one thing, the purpose of a house changed a lot between the years 1800 and 1900. In 1800, most houses were the center of production as well as family life. The purpose of a farmhouse or even a townhouse was to produce goods that sustained life. Farmhouses produced crops and other food products such as cheese and bread. In townhouses,

1864. By the time of the Civil War, it was common for multiple rooms in a middle or upper class American home to have a stove. Northerners especially valued them. Frontier families and Native Americans often cooked over an outdoor open fire. The kitchen stove was the heart of a house—but keeping a stove burning was hard work. It had to be tended all day to keep the coals burning, which took up a lot of a person’s time. Huge amounts of coal or wood were burned every day cooking meals and keeping

read a novel. In the late 1800s, thousands of pianos were sold to middle-and upper-class families, and they usually found their place in the parlor. Men, women, children, and guests would gather around a piano to sing or listen to one of the family members perform (usually a daughter). Also, photography was becoming very popular in America at this time, and the parlor was often just the place for a family photograph. Today, the parlor has become what we know as the living room. Couches or sofas

replaced fancy chairs, and televisions replaced pianos, artwork, and card-tables. The women of the family enjoyed “genteel” pastimes in the parlor. The Bedroom Most middle-class homes had very few bedrooms: one for the wife and husband, and another one for all the children. It was common to put two beds in a child’s room, and to have more than one child sleep in a bed. Beds in lower-class homes were usually made of wood, but the upper classes preferred metal, brass, and iron, since these

every move an easy one—the invariable result of living in the Ferris Good Sense Corset Waist. The favorite of all women who wish to dress and feel well. Made in styles to suit every figure—long or short waist, high or low bust. Affordable for every family, children’s corset waists cost from 25 cents to 50 cents, misses’ from 50 cents to 1 dollar, and ladies’ from one dollar to two dollars. For sale by all retailers in the New York Area. The Bathroom In the 1800s, just to have a bathroom in

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