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The republic of color : science, perception, and the making of modern America Michael Rossi

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Rossi, Michael (Historian of science)  Search this
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Physical description:
1 online resource (313 pages, 8 pages of plates) illustrations (some color)
Electronic resources
United States
19th century
20th century
Introduction : Cloven tongues of fire -- Modern chromatics : Ogden Rood and the wrong-workings of the eye -- From chemistry to phanerochemistry : Charles Sanders Peirce and the semiotic of color -- Pathologies of perception : Benjamin Joy Jeffries and the invention of color blindness -- Colors and cultures : evolution, biology, and society -- The pragmatic physiology of color vision : Christine Ladd-Franklin and the "evolutionary theory" of color -- Small lies for big truths : standards, values, and color terms -- The logical and the genetic : bodies, work, and formal color notations
The Republic of Color delves deep into the history of color science in the United States to unearth its origins and examine the scope of its influence on the industrial transformation of turn-of-the-century America. For a nation in the grip of profound economic, cultural, and demographic crises, the standardization of color became a means of social reform--a way of sculpting the American population into one more amenable to the needs of the emerging industrial order. Delineating color was also a way to characterize the vagaries of human nature, and to create ideal structures through which those humans would act in a newly modern American republic. Michael Rossi's compelling history goes far beyond the culture of the visual to show readers how the control and regulation of color shaped the social contours of modern America--and redefined the way we see the world
Color vision--Research--History  Search this
Color--Research--History  Search this
Science--Social aspects  Search this
Color Perception  Search this
Color Vision  Search this
Color  Search this
SCIENCE--General  Search this
Civilization  Search this
Color--Research  Search this
Color vision--Research  Search this
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QP483 .R67 2019 (Internet)
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