The Emergence of the Middle Class: Social Experience in the American City, 1760-1900 / Edition 1

The Emergence of the Middle Class: Social Experience in the American City, 1760-1900 / Edition 1

by Stuart Mack Blumin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521376122

ISBN-13: 9780521376129

Pub. Date: 03/28/2002

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Of all the terms with which Americans define themselves as members of society, few are as elusive as "middle class." This book traces the emergence of a recognizable and self-aware "middle class" between the era of the American Revolution and the end of the nineteenth century. The author focuses on the development of the middle class in larger American cities,

Overview

Of all the terms with which Americans define themselves as members of society, few are as elusive as "middle class." This book traces the emergence of a recognizable and self-aware "middle class" between the era of the American Revolution and the end of the nineteenth century. The author focuses on the development of the middle class in larger American cities, particularly Philadelphia and New York. He examines the middle class in all its complexity, and in its day-to-day existence—at work, in the home, and in the shops, markets, theaters, and other institutions of the big city. The book places the new language of class—-in particular the new term "middle class"—in the context of the concrete, interwoven experiences of specific anonymous Americans who were neither manual workers nor members of urban upper classes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521376129
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.02(d)

Table of Contents

List of tables and figures; Preface; 1. The elusive middle class; 2. 'Middling sorts'in the eighteenth-century city; 3. Toward white collar: nonmanual work in Jacksonian America; 4. Republican prejudice: work, well-being, and social definition; 5. 'Things are in the saddle': consumption, urban space, and the middle-class home; 6. Coming to order: voluntary associations and the organization of social life and consciousness; 7. Experience and consciousness in the antebellum city; 8. White-collar worlds: the postbellum middle class; Epilogue; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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