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The Power of Objects in 18th-Century British America

Presented by Massachusetts Historical Society at Online/Virtual Space

Nov 30 2020
The Power of Objects in 18th-Century British America

Over the course of the eighteenth century, Anglo-Americans purchased an unprecedented number and array of goods. Prof. Jennifer Van Horn investigates these diverse artifacts—from portraits and city views to gravestones, dressing furniture, and prosthetic devices—to explore how elite American consumers assembled objects to form a new civil society on the margins of the British Empire. In this interdisciplinary transatlantic study, artifacts emerge as key players in the formation of

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