The Market Revolution in America: Social, Political, and Religious Expressions, 1800-1880 / Edition 1

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Contributors explore the impact of an expanding market on economic and social institutions, household arrangements, political practice and ideology, and cultural patterns.
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Twelve essays responding to the Charles Sellars work, The Market Revolution, expand his economic historical account of the shift from agrarian subsistence to agri-business in the 19th century. The explorations, including an essay by Sellars, diversify the thesis to examine the impact of an expanding market on social arrangements, politics, in religion, and the costs and benefits of rising capitalism. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813916507
  • Publisher: University of Virginia
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 The Consequences of the Market Revolution in the American North 23
2 Slavery and Development in a Dual Economy: The South and the Market Revolution 43
3 Home Life and the Morality of the Market 74
4 Free Labor and Nineteenth-Century Political Ideology 99
5 Free Labor, Wage Labor, and the Slave Power: Republicanism and the Republican Party in the 1850s 128
6 The Market Revolution and the Transformation of American Politics, 1801-1837 149
7 The Crisis of Commercialization: National Political Alignments and the Market Revolution, 1819-1844 177
8 Slavery, Antislavery, and Jacksonian Democracy 202
9 From Center to Periphery: The Market Revolution and Major-Party Conflict, 1835-1880 224
10 The Market Revolution and the Shaping of Identity in Whig-Jacksonian America 259
11 "Antinomians" and "Arminians": Methodists and the Market Revolution 282
12 Capitalism and Democracy in American Historical Mythology 311
Conclusion 331
Contributors 337
Index 339
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