Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1850 / Edition 2

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Since its publication in 1984, Chants Democratic has endured as a classic narrative on labor and the rise of American democracy. In it, Sean Wilentz explores the dramatic social and intellectual changes that accompanied early industrialization in New York. He provides a panoramic chronicle of New York City's labor strife, social movements, and political turmoil in the eras of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Twenty years after its initial publication, Wilentz has added a new preface that takes stock of his own thinking, then and now, about New York City and the rise of the American working class.

Focusing on the working class, Sean Wilentz explores the dramatic social and intellectual changes that took place during the early industrialization of New York City.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The best book yet written about the emergence of New York City's working class and a major contribution to American working-class history."—The New Republic

"[Chants Democratic] has no equal in breadth of subject, grace of style or acuity of interpretation."—The Nation

"Wilentz has written the statement on Jacksonian New York.... A great leap forward in both American social and American political history."—Journal of American History

"A remarkable book that will quickly establish itself in the historiography and exert a powerful influence on the future direction of social, labor, and political history."—Journal of Interdisciplinary History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195174502
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: Twentieth Anniversary Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Sean Wilentz is Dayton-Stockton Professor of History and Director of the Program in American Studies at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Stollenwerck's panorama, 1815 3
I The artisan republic, 1788-1825
1 "By hammer and hand" : artisans in the mercantile city 23
2 Artisan republicanism 61
II The bastard workshop, 1825-1850
3 Metropolitan industrialization 107
III Working man's advocates, 1825-1832
4 Entrepreneurs and radicals 145
5 The rise and fall of the working men 172
IV The journeymen's revolt, 1833-1836
6 "A phalanx of honest worth" : the general trades' union of the city of New York 219
7 Oppositions : to the crisis of 1836 255
V Hard times and politics, 1837-1849
8 Panic and prejudice 299
9 Subterranean radicals 326
VI Class conflict in the American metropolis
10 The labor crisis of 1950 363
Epilogue : Hudson Street, 1965 391
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