Life in Early Philadelphia: Documents from the Revolutionary and Early National Periods / Edition 1

Life in Early Philadelphia: Documents from the Revolutionary and Early National Periods / Edition 1

by Billy G. Smith
     
 

The meaning of American history has rarely been contested more fiercely than during the current "culture wars" as Americans battle to define their past. Life in Early Philadelphia can contribute much to a reasoned discussion by giving readers the rare opportunity to interpret and reconstruct life in the country's premier urban center at a time

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The meaning of American history has rarely been contested more fiercely than during the current "culture wars" as Americans battle to define their past. Life in Early Philadelphia can contribute much to a reasoned discussion by giving readers the rare opportunity to interpret and reconstruct life in the country's premier urban center at a time when Americans struggled to establish their independence and to create a new nation. Covering the period from about 1775 to 1810, these remarkable documents reveal glimpses of the lives of everyday men and women—from the impoverished, imprisoned, and enslaved to the "middling sort" and the wealthy. Each document is prefaced by a helpful introduction and is extensively annotated. A general introduction, glossary, bibliography, and guide to further reading make the book ideal for students and general readers. Taken as a whole, this collection reveals much about the shaping of American society.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780271014555
Publisher:
Penn State University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
332
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Philadelphia: The Athens of America3
2The Institutional Poor: The Almshouse Daily Occurrence Docket29
3Prisoners: The Prisoners for Trial Docket and the Vagrancy Docket57
4Fugitives: Newspaper Advertisements for Runaway Slaves, Indentured Servants, and Apprentices87
5A Woman of the "Best Sort": The Diary of Elizabeth Drinker131
6A Working Woman: The Autobiography of Ann Baker Carson155
7Marriage and Death: The Records of Gloria Dei Church177
8Zachariah Poulson's Bills of Mortality, 1788-1801219
9Equality and Justice: Philadelphia's Popular Revolution, 1775-1780245
10Small-Producer Thought: The Argument About Capitalism265
Appendix: Monetary Values279
Glossary281
Selected Bibliography and Further Reading285
Contributors291
Name Index293
Subject Index311

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