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Intersecting Biographies: The Life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Told Through Her Possessions (1810-1860)

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dc.contributor.advisor Van Horn, Jennifer
dc.contributor.author Colby, Yve Claire Louise
dc.creator Colby, Yve Claire Louise
dc.date 2013-12-03
dc.date.accessioned 2014-05-22T19:52:42Z
dc.date.issued 2014-05-22
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1920/8696
dc.description.abstract Through a close analysis of the belongings of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte, in combination with supporting primary source documents, this thesis explores how an elite woman negotiated the conflicts surrounding the creation of an American identity in Federal and Victorian America using material artifacts. At a time when the United States was still a newly formed nation, Americans questioned how civic and political roles for people of varying classes, genders, and races should be shaped. They also evaluated to what degree they should mimic or castoff the social customs and political practices of the European and British monarchies. Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte participated in both of these debates with her material choices, and used these objects along with her business savvy to create and shape a social and personal identity for herself. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte en_US
dc.subject shopping en_US
dc.subject material culture en_US
dc.subject women's history en_US
dc.subject consumption en_US
dc.subject Federal era en_US
dc.title Intersecting Biographies: The Life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte Told Through Her Possessions (1810-1860) en_US
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.note This thesis has been embargoed for 5 years, and will not be available until May 22, 2019. en_US
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in History of Decorative Arts en_US
thesis.degree.level Master's en
thesis.degree.discipline History of Decorative Arts en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en
dc.description.embargo 2019-05-22


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