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The Republic of Color By Michael Rossi

The Republic of Color
by Michael Rossi

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

What is the correct way to see color in a modern, scientific society? And who decides? In The Republic of Color, Michael Rossi delves deep into the history of color science in the United States to trace its complex 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. 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.

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"Are colors creations of the mind or something out there, in the surrounding world? If their perception arises from the interaction between the mind and the world, does that mean that different minds perceive colors differently? The Republic of Color shows how modern American efforts to resolve such conundrums not only engaged profound philosophical questions about the nature of reality and human knowledge but were also constantly shadowed by sociopolitical concerns about the possibility of a shared community. This brilliant history is quite simply the most stimulating I have read in recent years."--Shigehisa Kuriyama, Harvard University

About Michael Rossi

Michael Rossi is assistant professor of the history of science and medicine at the University of Chicago.

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