I’m a little behind where I want to be, but I’m about to take the 20 year leap in the first draft. I have needs, though. If you can help, leave resources in the comments, please. In return, I will be eternally grateful.
1. I’d like a good reference book about different kinds of familial transportation in the post-bellum south. Obviously, rich people would have had carriages, but how did you cart twelve kids around? Would you have had more than one carriage? In addition to a carriage, would you have had some kind of work vehicle that could double as personal transportation in a pinch? How did that change between 1867 and 1887? Is there such a book?
2. The books I’ve read on the spiritualist movement in the 1800s have been incredibly helpful, as you can imagine. But I wonder if there’s a similar handful of books on mesmerism? Am I wrong in seeing mesmerism as gendered male in the same way spiritualism was gendered female at the beginning?
3. Is there a good “firearms for dummies” book?
4. I’m also dying to get a good idea of the interior layout of Ben and Sue Allen’s house. But I’ve only found one exterior shot of it. Is there a way I can get a good idea of what the interior layout may have been like?
5. When did they start attaching kitchens to houses? And when would a kitchen in the house become standard in new building?
Ha, it’s weird. I feel completely confident telling you all about how people 150 years ago would have contacted their dead people, but I am completely shaky on how they literally prepared their food. But since people are practicing magic, too, it turns out there’s a lot of trips to the kitchen for supplies.