Antebellum American Culture: An Interpretive Anthology

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Penn State Press, 1997 - Всего страниц: 472

First published in 1979, this volume offers students and teachers a unique view of American history prior to the Civil War. Distinguished historian David Brion Davis has chosen a diverse array of primary sources that show the actual concerns, hopes, fears, and understandings of ordinary antebellum Americans. He places these sources within a clear interpretive narrative that brings the documents to life and highlights themes that social and cultural historians have brought to our attention in recent years. Beginning with the family and the issue of socialization and influence, the units move on to struggles over access to wealth and power; the plight of &"outsiders&" in an &"open&" society; and ideals of progress, perfection, and mission. The reader of this volume hears a great diversity of voices but also grasps the unities that survived even the Civil War.

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The Art and Responsibilities of Family Government
9
B Neutralizing Sibling Rivalry
24
The Dilemmas of Democratic Discipline
43
E Schools and Mills for Girls
51
G What Is a Young Man Fitted For When He Takes His Degree?
58
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67
B The Restless Anxious Longing of American Women
73
Feminist Alternatives
85
Assimilation Versus Removal
231
The Indian as an Object of Sympathy and Hate
247
B A ChineseAmerican Protest
262
B We See In Effect Two NationsOne White and Another Black
278
E Organizing Free Blacks
293
An Appeal for Black Skilled Labor
304
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315
Slave Voices
322

B The Discovery of Female Enslavement
88
Divorce
95
The Anxious Spirit of Gain
105
B Speculation and Community
115
Access to Land
129
B The Right of Access Versus the Rights of Landlords
136
Modifications
155
Transportation and Corporations
163
B Canals and Railroads
169
Corporations and the Public Interest
179
B Democratic Ideology
187
B What Is It That Has Endangered the Union?
201
The Protestant Establishment
217
E A Distinct and Rather Dispicable Class
330
G Polarized South Polarized Nation
340
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346
Science Machines and Human Progress
353
B A Defense of Mechanism and Technology
359
The Promise of American Protestantism
379
The Temperance Reformation
393
Coercion Replaces Moral Suasion
407
B The Burden of All Reformers
418
E Chattel Slavery Versus Wages Slavery
432
The Completion of Perfection
447
Slavery as the Barrier to Fulfillment
461
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David Brion Davis is Sterling Professor of History at Yale University. He has won many awards for his work, including the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction in 1967, the Beveridge Award in 1975, the National Book Award in history and biography in 1976, and the Bancroft Prize in 1976. He is the author of many books, most recently, Revolutions: Reflections on American Equality and Foreign Liberations (1990).

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