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The Republic of Color: Science, Perception, and the Making of Modern America

Michael Rossi


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 ... More

Keywords: color, science, perception, American history, American society, American politics, aesthetics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226651729
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226651866.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Rossi, author
University of Chicago