Writing with scissors american scrapbooks from the civil war to the harlem renaissance ellen gruber garvey on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks the ancestors of google and blogging from abraham lincoln to susan b anthony. Writing with scissors american scrapbooks from the civil war to the harlem renaissance ellen gruber garvey award winning book from oxford covers scrapbooks in relation to key cultural moments movements in us history the civil war womens rights and the harlem renaissance. Scrapbook makers documented their feelings about momentous public events such as living through the civil war mediated through the newspapers african americans and womens rights activists collected concentrated and critiqued accounts from a press that they did not control to create unwritten histories in books they wrote with scissors. Men and women 150 years ago grappled with information overload by making scrapbooks the ancestors of google and blogging from abraham lincoln to susan b anthony african american janitors to farmwomen abolitionists to confederates people cut out and pasted down their reading writing with scissors opens a new window into the feelings and thoughts of ordinary and extraordinary americans. Chapters on the importance of scrapbooks during and after the civil war as a means of mourning and the alternative histories to be discovered in african american scrapbooks are particularly insightful scrapbooks served multiple purposes to their creators and their creation could be both dangerous and politically subversive
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