Synopses & Reviews
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.
Examines the emergence of the privatized middle-class family with its sharp division of male and female roles.
Table of Contents
Preface; 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; Conclusion; Appendices; Notes; Sources and select bibliography; Index.