The Reshaping of Everyday Life: 1790-1840

The Reshaping of Everyday Life: 1790-1840

by Jack Larkin


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ISBN-13: 9780060916060
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/01/1989
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 859,692
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
"A Busy, Bustling, Industrious Population"
The Rhythms and Limits of Life
"Comfortable Habitations": Houses and the Domestic Environment
"The Masks Which Custom Had Prescribed": Intimate Life
"The Whole Population Is in Motion": The Experience of Travel
"The Practice of Music"
"Occasions to Meet Together": The Social World
Selected Bibliography 305(26)
Index 331

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a historian and historic site interpreter with nearly thirty years of experience teaching about the U.S. during the Federal period, I must say that Jack Larkin's The Reshaping of Everyday Life is the best and most useful general treatment of the early republic I have encountered. I say this for two reasons. First, the book is filled with documented insights into the details of the lives of ordinary Americans. Second, and more important, Larkin's analysis of these details provides the kind of synthesis that supports not only a deeper understanding of the complexity of the times themselves but also allows meaningful comparisons with other eras, including our own. Particularly valuable is Larkin's use of demographic, economic, geographic, and technological data to underscore how dynamic this period was, to overturn the glib generalizations of life in the past that one too often hears, and to remind us that change happens not only between eras but within them, too. All this, and the book's very readable style and approach, make The Reshaping of Everyday Life an essential part of anyone's U.S. history library.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago