This book explores the ways in which mid-19th Century American army officers' wives used material culture to confirm their status as middle-class women.

chapter Chapter One|25 pages

The Life of the Mind

chapter Chapter Two|23 pages

A Necessary Nuisance: Sartorial Concerns

chapter Chapter Three|22 pages

Dainties in the Larder

chapter Chapter Four|23 pages

I Never Objected to Entertaining Men

chapter Chapter Five|25 pages

Household Gods: The Essentials of Home Life

chapter Chapter Six|5 pages