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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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  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-xviii
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  1. Introduction: Organization and Themes
  2. pp. xix-xxiv
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  1. Unit One: Socialization and the Problem of Influence
  2. pp. 1-8
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  1. 1. The Art and Responsibilities of Family Government
  2. pp. 9-20
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  1. 2. The Discipline and Self-Discipline of the Young
  2. pp. 21-34
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  1. 3. The Schoolroom as an Extended Family
  2. pp. 35-66
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  1. 4. Advice on Self-Culture and Sexual Identity
  2. pp. 67-84
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  1. 5. Feminist Alternatives
  2. pp. 85-98
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  1. Unit Two: Struggles Over Access to Wealth and Power
  2. pp. 99-104
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  1. 1. “The Anxious Spirit of Gain”
  2. pp. 105-128
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  1. 2. Access to Land
  2. pp. 129-144
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  1. 3. The Changing Uses of Law
  2. pp. 145-162
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  1. 4. “Improvements”: Transportation and Corporations
  2. pp. 163-182
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  1. 5. The Politics of Opportunity
  2. pp. 183-198
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  1. 6. The Fear of Sectional Exclusion
  2. pp. 199-208
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  1. Unit Three: The Plight of Outsiders in an “Open Society”
  2. pp. 209-216
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  1. 1. The Protestant Establishment
  2. pp. 217-230
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  1. 2. The Problem of Aborigines: Assimilation Versus Removal
  2. pp. 231-252
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  1. 3. The Discovery of Cultural Polarities
  2. pp. 253-272
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  1. 4. The Nonfreedom of “Free Blacks”
  2. pp. 273-314
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  1. 5. The Polarized South: Outsiders Inside
  2. pp. 315-344
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  1. Unit Four: Ideals of Progress, Perfection, and Mission
  2. pp. 345-352
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  1. 1. Science, Machines, and Human Progress
  2. pp. 353-366
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  1. 2. Revivals, Holiness, and the American Conversion of the World
  2. pp. 367-392
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  1. 3. The Temperance Reformation
  2. pp. 393-410
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  1. 4. Abolitionism and Moral Progress
  2. pp. 411-440
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  1. 5. The Quest for New Social Harmonies
  2. pp. 441-452
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  1. 6. Transcending Human History: Americans as “Pioneers of the World”
  2. pp. 453-468
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  1. Chronology, 1820–1860
  2. pp. 469-472
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780271075372
Related ISBN
9780271016467
MARC Record
OCLC
966846373
Pages
496
Launched on MUSE
2017-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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