AnteBellum American Culture: An Interpretive Anthology / Edition 1

AnteBellum American Culture: An Interpretive Anthology / Edition 1

by David Brion Davis
     
 

This volume offers students and teachers a unique view of American history prior to the Civil War. Distinguished historian David Brion Davis has chosen a diverse array of primary sources that show the actual concerns, hopes, fears, and understandings of ordinary antebellum Americans. He places these sources within a clear interpretive narrative that brings the… See more details below

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This volume offers students and teachers a unique view of American history prior to the Civil War. Distinguished historian David Brion Davis has chosen a diverse array of primary sources that show the actual concerns, hopes, fears, and understandings of ordinary antebellum Americans. He places these sources within a clear interpretive narrative that brings the documents to life and highlights themes that social and cultural historians have called to our attention in recent years. Beginning with the family and the issue of socialization and influence, the units move on to struggles over access to wealth and power: the plight of "outsiders" in an "open" society: and ideals of progress, perfection, and mission. The reader of this volume hears a great diversity of voices but also grasps the unities that survived even the Civil War.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780669014761
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
Publication date:
01/28/1979
Pages:
472

Table of Contents

Introduction: Organization and Themes
Unit 1Socialization and the Problem of Influence1
1The Art and Responsibilities of Family Government9
2The Discipline and Self-Discipline of the Young21
3The Schoolroom as an Extended Family35
4Advice on Self-Culture and Sexual Identity67
5Feminist Alternatives85
Unit 2Struggles Over Access to Wealth and Power99
1"The Anxious Spirit of Gain"105
2Access to Land129
3The Changing Uses of Law145
4"Improvements": Transportation and Corporations163
5The Politics of Opportunity183
6The Fear of Sectional Exclusion199
Unit 3The Plight of Outsiders in an "Open Society"209
1The Protestant Establishment217
2The Problem of Aborigines: Assimilation Versus Removal231
3The Discovery of Cultural Polarities253
4The Nonfreedom of "Free Blacks"273
5The Polarized South: Outsiders Inside315
Unit 4Ideals of Progress, Perfection, and Mission345
1Science, Machines, and Human Progress353
2Revivals, Holiness, and the American Conversion of the World367
3The Temperance Reformation393
4Abolitionism and Moral Progress411
5The Quest for New Social Harmonies441
6Transcending Human History: Americans as "Pioneers of the World"453
Chronology, 1820-1860469

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