Paradoxes of Prosperity: Wealth-Seeking Versus Christian Values in Pre-Civil War America

Paradoxes of Prosperity: Wealth-Seeking Versus Christian Values in Pre-Civil War America

by Lorman Ratner, Dwight Teeter Jr.
     
 

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In the midst of the United States' immense economic growth in the 1850s, Americans worried about whether the booming agricultural, industrial, and commercial expansion came at the price of cherished American values such as honesty, hard work, and dedication to the common good. This study examines how popular writers and widely read newspapers, magazines, and books

Overview

In the midst of the United States' immense economic growth in the 1850s, Americans worried about whether the booming agricultural, industrial, and commercial expansion came at the price of cherished American values such as honesty, hard work, and dedication to the common good. This study examines how popular writers and widely read newspapers, magazines, and books expressed social tensions between prosperity and morality. The authors draw on that nationwide conversation through leading mass media, including newspapers such as the New York Herald and the New York Tribune; best-selling magazines aimed at middle-class tastes, Harper's Magazine and the Southern Literary Messenger; novels by women authors Susan Warner, Maria Cummins, and Harriet Beecher Stowe; and works by novelist George Lippard, historian George Bancroft, and travel writer Bayard Taylor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252092220
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
07/16/2009
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
File size:
417 KB

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