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Paradoxes of Prosperity
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In the midst of the United States' immense economic growth in the 1850s, Americans worried about whether the booming agricultural, industrial, and commercial expansion came at the price of cherished American values such as honesty, hard work, and dedication to the common good. This study examines how popular writers and widely read newspapers, magazines, and books expressed social tensions between prosperity and morality. The authors draw on that nationwide conversation through leading mass media, including newspapers such as the New York Herald and the New York Tribune; best-selling magazines aimed at middle-class tastes, Harper's Magazine and the Southern Literary Messenger; novels by women authors Susan Warner, Maria Cummins, and Harriet Beecher Stowe; and works by novelist George Lippard, historian George Bancroft, and travel writer Bayard Taylor.

Table of Contents

  1. front cover
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  1. Title Page
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. p. x
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. xiii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. Communicatiing the Prosperity-Morality Paradox during the Mid-Nineteenth-Century Publishing Boom
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. 2. New York's Newspaper Giants during the Anxious 1850s
  2. pp. 19-33
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  1. 3. Two Newspapers, South and West
  2. pp. 34-46
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  1. 4. Harper's Magazine and the Southern Literary Messenger: Self-Styled Guardians of the Republic
  2. pp. 47-62
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  1. 5. Godey's Lady's Book: The Guide for Middle-Class Women
  2. pp. 63-71
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  1. 6. Merchant Magazines: The Businessman's Guide and Conscience
  2. pp. 72-84
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  1. 7. Women Writers: Defending the Christian Republic
  2. pp. 85-96
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  1. 8. Male Writers: Wrestling with the Marketplace
  2. pp. 97-110
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  1. 9. Past Times and Faraway Places
  2. pp. 111-124
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  1. Epilogue
  2. pp. 125-128
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 129-142
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 143-147
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  1. back cover
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