Conclusion: Taft Decorates the White House

in Visualizing American Empire

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780226075334
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226075303 | DOI:
Conclusion: Taft Decorates the White House

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This concluding chapter returns to the United States and the scape of the decorative arts in the context of America's most famous domicile, the White House, specifically assessing President William Howard Taft's redecoration of parts of the White House using Filipino furniture. Taft left an enormous record of his time in the Philippines, and the chapter begins by looking at several of the colonial themes that his writing touches upon. After this discussion of Taft's overt interest in empire, it ventures into the space of the White House and reads the presence of this Filipino furniture as both a symbolic manifestation of Taft's own nostalgia and his never-ending quest for order in the American colony.

Keywords: William Howard Taft; Filipino furniture; Philippines; American empire; American colony

Chapter.  2905 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Colonialism and Imperialism

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