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Putting the "There" There:
Historical Archaeologies of West Oakland

Introduction | Part I | Part II |Part III |Part IV |Appendixes & Reports

Part II

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Chapter 3: Consumerism, Living Conditions, and Material Well-Being
Uncle Sam's Thanksgiving

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  • Consumer Goods

  • Health and Nutrition

  • Science at the Table

Chapter 4: Consuming Aspirations: Bric-A-Brac and the Politics of Victorian Materialism in West Oakland
chamberpot bric-a-brac

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  • Introduction

  • Bric-a-Brac’s Symbolic “Politics”

  • The Morals of Bric-a-Brac Consumption

  • The Ambiguity of Bric-a-Brac

  • “That Middle State”: Desire, Ambition, and Bric-a-Brac

  • Modeling Parlors: Decorative Aesthetics and Pullman Cars

  • Religion and Domesticity in the Victorian Parlor

  • Conclusion

Chapter 5: Outside the Marketplace: Adaptive Strategies and Self Reliance, Making it and Making Do

Oakland map

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  • Game and Fish From the Oakland Estuary

  • Building West Oakland

  • Riches from the Backyard and Open Spaces

  • “The Sewing Hour is a Pretty Scene”

  • Strutting Your Stuff: Fashion Strategies of the Frugal of West Oakland

  • Repair, Recycle, Reuse

  • Discarding the Unwanted

Introduction | Part I | Part II |Part III |Part IV |Appendixes & Reports

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