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Title:
The emergence of the middle class : social experience in the American city, 1760-1900
Author:
Blumin, Stuart M.
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Publication Information:
Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1996.

©1989
Physical Description:
xiii, 434 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780521250757

9780521376129
Format :
Book

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Central Library HT690.U6 B58 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Of all the terms that Americans define themselves as members of society, few are as elusive as 'middle class'. This book traces the emergence of a recognizable and self-aware 'middle class' between the era of the American Revolution and the end of the nineteenth century. The author focuses on the development of the middle class in larger American cities, particularly Philadelphia and New York. He examines the middle class in all its complexity, and in its day-to-day existence - at work, in the home, and in the shops, markets, theaters, and other institutions of the big city. The book places the distinct language of class - in particular the term 'middle class' - in the context of the concrete, interwoven experiences of specific anonymous Americans who were neither manual workers nor members of urban upper classes.


Table of Contents

List of tables and figures
Preface
1 The elusive middle class
2 'Middling sorts' in the eighteenth-century city
3 Toward white collar: nonmanual work in Jacksonian America
4 Republican prejudice: work, well-being, and social definition
5 'Things are in the saddle': consumption, urban space, and the middle-class home
6 Coming to order: voluntary associations and the organization of social life and consciousness
7 Experience and consciousness in the antebellum city
8 White-collar worlds: the postbellum middle class
Epilogue
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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