Founding Families Of Pittsburgh: The Evolution Of A Regional Elite 1760-1910

Founding Families Of Pittsburgh: The Evolution Of A Regional Elite 1760-1910

by Joseph F Rishel

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As Pittsburgh and its surrounding area grew into an important commercial and industrial center, a group of families emerged who were distinguished by their wealth and social position. Joseph Rishel studies twenty of these families to determine the degree to which they formed a coherent upper class and the extent to which they were able to maintain their status over time. His analysis shows that Pittsburgh's elite upper class succeeded in creating the institutions needed to sustain a local aristocracy and possessed the ability to adapt its accumulated advantages to social and economic changes.

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ISBN-13: 9780822972785
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 06/15/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 260
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Joseph F. Rishel is professor of history at Duquesne University.

Table of Contents

I The Historical Framework
II Discovering the Founding Families
III The Family Founders
IV The Founding Families in 1820
V Occupation
VI Geographic Mobility
VII The Family
VIII Social Institutions
IX Conclusion
Bibliography of Biographical Sources

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