The Expansion of Everyday Life, 1860-1876

The Expansion of Everyday Life, 1860-1876

by SUTHERLAND DANIEL, Daniel Sutherland
     
 

ISBN-10: 1557285969

ISBN-13: 9781557285966

Pub. Date: 07/28/2000

Publisher: University of Arkansas Press

During this period, five states joined the Union—Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, Nebraska and Colorado—and the population reached nearly forty million. The westward movement was given a boost by the cornpletion of the first intercontinental railroad, and migration from farms and villages to towns and cities increased, accompanied by a shift from rural

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During this period, five states joined the Union—Kansas, West Virginia, Nevada, Nebraska and Colorado—and the population reached nearly forty million. The westward movement was given a boost by the cornpletion of the first intercontinental railroad, and migration from farms and villages to towns and cities increased, accompanied by a shift from rural occupations and crafts to industrial tasks and trades. Overall, the pursuit of middle-class status became a driving force. As this book illustrates, however, most people, though affected by the major upheavals of history, simply pursued their personal lives. Sutherland chronicles dating and marriage customs, the dangers and discomforts of mining, and life in the gambling dens, saloons, dance halls, and "cathouses" of the period. Through extensive quotations from diaries, letters, and the popular press, the reader glimpses an American middle class just beginning to grope its way toward the modern world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557285966
Publisher:
University of Arkansas Press
Publication date:
07/28/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,020,580
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
1Work, Struggle, Intolerance17
2Crash71
3Houses and Homes91
4Growing Up, Going Out, Getting Old119
5The Healthy Table and the Healthy Home155
6Playing187
Epilogue231
Notes239
Index253

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