Social Change In America

Paperback (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
$16.45
Buy Used
Buy Used from BN.com
$12.36
(Save 34%)
Item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging.
Condition: Used – Good details
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $1.99
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 89%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (13) from $1.99   
  • New (5) from $14.49   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   

Overview

The processes of social change in the late colonial period and early years of the new Republic made a dramatic imprint on the character of American society. These changes over a century or more were rooted in the origins of the United States, its rapid expansion of people and territory, its patterns of economic change and development, and the conflicts that led to its cataclysmic division and reunification through the Civil War. Christopher Clark's brilliant account of these changes in the social relationships of Americans breaks new ground in its emphasis on the connections between the crucial importance of free and unfree labor, regional characteristics, and the sustained tension between arguments for geographic expansion versus economic development. Mr. Clark traces the significance of families and households throughout the period, showing how work and different kinds of labor produced a varied access to power and wealth among free and unfree, male and female, and how the character of social elites was confronted by democratic pressures. He shows how the features of the different regions exercised long-term influences in American society and politics and were modified by pressures for change. And he explains how the widening gap between the claims of free labor and those of slavery fueled the continuing dispute over the best economic course for the nation's future and led ultimately to the Civil War. Like other long-running divisions in American society, however, this dispute was not fully resolved by the war's outcome. Social Change in America is a compelling new overview of the social dynamics of America's early years.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Yale University
Beautifully written.
— David W. Blight
The Journal of Southern History
Deft, fast-paced, and sweeping survey of the major changes in the American economy and social structure during the antebellum years.
Don H. Doyle
At last we have a book that interprets the broad sweep of social change in America.
Jonathan Prude
This is an intelligent and extraordinarily useful volume. Dense with information and insight . . . a thoroughly rewarding read.
Alan Taylor
In this concise and lucid book, Christopher Clark clearly and insightfully explores a sweeping transformation of American society.
Paul G. E. Clemens
A compelling synthesis of American social history...Clark's narrative captures brilliantly and clearly the way [of] the American Revolution.
David W. Blight
Beautifully written.
Reviews In American History - Harry Watson
Deeply researched . . . unassailable.
Journal of Social History - David Grimsted
Drawing richly on recent literature, Clark weaves extensive data into a broad and readable summary of current academic concerns and conclusions.
The Journal Of Southern History
Deft, fast-paced, and sweeping survey of the major changes in the American economy and social structure during the antebellum years.
Journal of American Studies
No programme for a course on American history for this period should do without listing this book.
California Bookwatch
Offers something different—the opportunity to survey changes and their lasting, far-reaching impact on American society. . . . A fundamental coverage.
Reviews In American History
Deeply researched . . . unassailable.
— Harry Watson
Journal Of Social History
Drawing richly on recent literature, Clark weaves extensive data into a broad and readable summary of current academic concerns and conclusions.
— David Grimsted
Journal Of Southern History
Deft, fast-paced, and sweeping survey of the major changes in the American economy and social structure during the antebellum years.
Journal Of American Studies
No programme for a course on American history for this period should do without listing this book.
The Historian
For the discerning reader, Clark presents ideas that provoke deeper thought.
Journal of Social History
Drawing richly on recent literature, Clark weaves extensive data into a broad and readable summary of current academic concerns.
— David Grimsted
Historian
For the discerning reader, Clark presents ideas that provoke deeper thought.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566637541
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 9/6/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.71 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Clark is professor of history at the University of Connecticut and author of The Communitarian Movement and The Roots of Rural Capitalism. Born in England, he studied at the University of Warwick and did his graduate work at Harvard University. He has received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians. He lives in Storrs, Connecticut.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

1 Households and regions at the end of the colonial period 3
2 Change and continuity in the American Revolution 37
3 Social change in the early republic 79
4 Two directions for labor 122
5 Crisis and expansion 169
6 From regional differences to sectional divide 207
7 The Civil War : two kinds of revolution 249
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)