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Cradle of the Middle Class

Cradle of the Middle Class
The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790–1865

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Part of Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modern History

  • Date Published: November 1983
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521274036

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  • Focusing primarily on the middle class, this study delineates the social, intellectual and psychological transformation of the American family from 1780-1865. Examines the emergence of the privatized middle-class family with its sharp division of male and female roles.


    • Winner of the 1981 Bancroft Prize

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1983
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521274036
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 154 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.517kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: locating domesticity
    1. Family, community, and the frontier generation, 1790–1820
    2. Family in transition: the revival cycle, 1813–1838
    3. The era of association: between family and society, 1825–1845
    4. Privacy and the making of the self-made man: family strategies of the middle class at midcentury
    5. A sphere is not a home: woman's larger place in the city at midcentury
    Sources and select bibliography

  • Author

    Mary P. Ryan


    • Winner of the 1981 Bancroft Prize

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