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Social Change In America
     

Social Change In America

by Christopher Clark
 

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ISBN-10: 1566637546

ISBN-13: 9781566637541

Pub. Date: 09/06/2007

Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781566637541
Publisher:
Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
Publication date:
09/06/2007
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.71(h) x 1.06(d)

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Table of Contents


Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Households and Regions at the End of the Colonial Period     3
Change and Continuity in the American Revolution     37
Social Change in the Early Republic     79
Two Directions for Labor     122
Crisis and Expansion     169
From Regional Differences to Sectional Divide     207
The Civil War: Two Kinds of Revolution     249
Notes     297
A Note on Sources and Further Reading     321
Index     341

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