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Consumer Culture (Post 3)

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Chloe Kiernicki, Post 3 In the economic theory of mercantilism, a mother country establishes colonies to gain natural resources and provide a market for the goods of the mother country.  In the eighteenth century, the English Empire established colonies across the world for those reasons.  During the first half of the eighteenth century, the British […]

Glorified Gardens (Post 2)

| Saturday, July 26th, 2014

Chloe Kiernicki, Post 2 The elite of the elite, the “super-gentry” of the Virginia colony defined themselves by their material possessions. Their crops, their slaves, their wives, their children, and their animals all served to visually display an ideal of class identity and power. Around themselves, the gentry created a built landscape of gardens, buildings, […]

Natives Could Think for Themselves? (Post 1)

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Post 1, Chloe Kiernicki Like many children who went through the American school system, I remember dressing up for Thanksgiving as either a Native American or a Pilgrim.  At the time, I understood the first Thanksgiving as a simple narrative involving kind Indians taking pity on the poor, suffering Pilgrims and heroically saving the foreign […]