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8. Regional Realism   

8. Regional

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Mary E. Wilkins Freeman - Selected Archive Items

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[1546] Harper's Weekly, Eight illustrations depicting a New England farmhouse,
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62-102852].
These illustrations show a variety of furnishings from a replica New England farmhouse exhibited at the Centennial Exposition of 1876. Spinning wheels, a desk, a clock, and kitchen implements are among the items shown.

[1895] Jerome Thompson, Recreation (1857),
courtesy of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Museum Purchase, the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum, 47.13.
By the second half of the nineteenth century, the outdoors was increasingly associated with relaxation, particularly for those who could afford leisure time and travel. Better roads and growing railroad systems made travel to suburban areas easier for residents of nearby cities.

[4423] Anonymous, The First Step [Godey's Lady's Book] (June 1858),
courtesy of Hope Greenberg, University of Vermont.
The parlor was perceived as a necessary room in even the most humble of homes. When there was no room for a formal parlor, Americans made an effort to adorn their living spaces with decorative objects, such as the paintings and bureau-top items in this drawing.

[8194] Bruce Michelson, Interview: "Women's Regionalist Writing" (2001),
courtesy of Annenberg Media and American Passages.
Bruce Michelson, professor of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, speaks about women's regionalist writing.

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