Draft for Presentation

–A slideshow of images of my object and other pictures I used for this analysis. What  is it? Swamp Root- Kidney, Liver & Bladder Cure Ingredients alcohol, buchu leaves, skullcap leaves, golden seal root, colombo root, valerian root, cinnamon, oil of juniper, oil of berch, balsam copaiba, balsam tolu, turpentine, peppermint, rhubarb root, mandrake root, sassafras, and cape aloes. It is interesting to note that it contains no yerba mansa (swamp root) in the ingredients What does it cure It claimed to cure acute and chronic kidney, liver, bladder and urinary disorders; Bright’s disease; swelling of the feet; dropsy; pain in the back, joints, bones or rheumatisms; restores the disordered liver to a healthy condition; corrects constipation; enriches the blood; kills hereditary taints of scrofula, Erysipelas, salt Rheum, cancer humor or old ulcers. It cures skin diseases and all disorders arising from impure blood.   What is a patent medicine and why were the able to be so popular? no consumer protection laws Patent Medicine refers to pseudo-medical compounds that were popular in the 18th and 19th century that made wild claims to be miracle cures for numerous ailments. these drugs contained vegetable extracts with a high percentage of alcohol and often included ingredients like morphine, opium, and cocaine. Medicine shows which resembled traveling circuses were popular during the 18th and 19th centuries and these shows often featured Native American or Wild West themes and led by a talented showman who was called Professor or Doctor. The medicine shows would plant people in the crowd ready to give personal testimonies of the medicine or have their fake ailment cured in...

Location Freewrite

Freewrite on Denver BSL @ Thrasher Park in Norcross Ga 4/10/17                       Thrasher Park is down the street from my house and its a really pretty green space with a play ground and walking trail. Its usually decently busy here on a nice day. So I started this assignment by playing with my dog first to get him nice and tired before I sat down to write. My dog has a lot of energy so I wanted to get him taken care of first so he would behave his best and just sit quietly next to me. . I brought my laptop and am just sitting on a bench in the park. It’s a beautiful day outside, nice and sunny after the terrible storms we just had. Im basically just going to try and organize my thought about what i want to get out of the public rhetoric assignment and get it all down on paper so i can see where my thought are going and how to plan this project. the small ones are often more aggressive and quicker to snap then the big dogs. One time a vet told me that dachshunds and Chihuahua account for the majority of dog bites. What role does the media play in Denver and Colorado? Do they go out of the way to portray pit bulls so mean? Because if you always include aggressive looking photos it can put people off. Sometimes people think about their dogs as an extension of themselves and its more about a “type of people” they associate...

Comment on C.Coopers Blog Post 10

When reading “Unpacking My Library”, I remembered one of my first attempts of unpacking my own personal emotions about my book collection. This post was assigned as a five-minute synthesis of our class introduction, which opened discussion with begging the question: Why do we care about our stuff? What makes us care about some of our stuff more than the rest? I found the above quote in Chelsea’s post very interesting because I also just found myself in the same position. In order to prepare for my move to Colorado I have to get rid of a lot of my possessions and only take the essential with me. This is forcing me to look at many objects i have hung onto over the years for sentimental reasons such as my childhood book collection. Although i’m never going to read those books again I found it hard to part with them because they make me feel connect to my childhood. I also really liked Benjamin’s article very interesting and also very helpful in order to reflect on why i was feeling like i was about my childhood possessions....

object analysis

What is Yerba Mansa?    Yerba Mansa (swamp root) was used by natives in Western United States as long as can be remembered. (history of usage by natives) Swamp Root has always been a used as a remedy but Kilmer made it a household name The Life of Dr. Andral S. Kilmer  education created his own practice Swamp Root – Kidney, Liver & bladder cure -physical description/dimensions (high quality images) -ingredients & dose amount -Claims to treat & Cure (include the pictures of ads and testimonials) only one of many patent medicines available in the 18th and 19th century and many were much more harmful and addictive. patent medicines -What are they? -other popular P.Ms (ads for patent medicines) -medicine shows (include video on medicine shows) Patent medicines created a generation of drug abuse and alcohol addiction  and their popularity came to an end with the creating of consumer protection laws. fda & how Swamp root adapted to these laws changed name from cure to remedy changed to kidney diuretic and laxative...

What is Exposition??

“What is expository writing? What, if anything, can we learn about the history, theory, and practice of exposition from material culture studies? Or, how does material culture studies draw upon the theories, or reproduce the practices of exposition?” As Dr. Wharton stated in her blog prompt, Exposition is a style of writing that is intended to explain, inform, and describe.  This form of writing is often expressed in the form of historical documentation, object descriptions, and processes reports. Exposition can also be to describe and explain an “author’s subjective experience and perception…that is writing through which the author develops and comes to a better understanding of her identity as a human subject in the world.” Therefore, exposition can be used to analyze the interaction between one’s self and cultural influences. Material Culture Studies is the study of the relationship between people and objects.  So, It makes sense that these two fields would be interconnected  because they way people would communicate the relationship between people and objects is to describe the object, inform on the object’s history, and explain the emotionally connections.  Without expository writing, Material Culture Studies could not exist. I agree with Chelsea Cooper’s statement in her blog post Exposition and Material Culture: A Natural Relationship. You can follow the evolution of expository writing by looking at the history of Material Culture. Studies. Throughout history, people have always kept detailed records and inventories of their communities like in the essay we read for class Parting Ways. The following is a list of Cato Howe’s possessions when he died. By understanding how people related to and valued objects, you can get an understanding of...
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