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Popularizing Pennsylvania: Henry W. Shoemaker and the Progressive Uses of Folklore and History Hardcover – April 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State Press (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271014865
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271014869
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,092,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Simon J. Bronner's biography of Henry Wharton Shoemaker is an important examination of an individual's contributions to the cultural preservation movement. Shoemaker was the first state-appointed folklorist in America, Pennsylvania being the first state to establish such a position. How he came to that honor and his influence on cultural conservation is an exciting narrative. . . . This book contains an excellent explanation of folklore scholarship for the lay audience. It also forced acknowledgment of the interdependence of the academy and the public sector. --Public Historian

About the Author

Simon J. Bronner is Distinguished Professor of Folklore and American Studies and Coordinator of American Studies at Penn State University-Harrisburg. He is also director of the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies and former president of the Pennsylvania Folklore Society. He has written and edited many books, including Consuming Visions: Accumulation and Display of Goods in America, 1880-1920 (Norton, 1989).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Emily Dimov Gottshall on August 15, 2001
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This is a good book for anyone interested in the progressive era in Pennsylvania. It's well-written, with photos and biographical information as well as discussions of various issues in folklore studies. It's a useful book to read if you have come across Henry W. Shoemaker's writings doing research on Pennsylvania, as I have, and wondered what sort of standing the author has in the world of folklore. Shoemaker is, of course, from an earlier age of scholarship, when the "gentleman amateur" was at the forefront of things. Henry W. Shoemaker was a fascinating individual, although I must admit that I'm biased because my family history is from many of the areas that were of interest to him.
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