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Voices of the Marketplace : American Thought and Culture, 1830 1860 - Anne C. Rose

Voices of the Marketplace

American Thought and Culture, 1830 1860

Paperback Published: 28th May 2004
ISBN: 9780742532632
Number Of Pages: 276

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The three decades before the Civil War have long been recognized as a time of crucial change in American society. In this comprehensive and insightful reinterpretation of antebellum culture, Anne C. Rose analyzes the major shifts in intellectual life that occurred between 1830 and 1860 while exploring three sets of concepts that provided common languages--Christianity, democracy, capitalism. Whereas many interpretations of American culture in this period have emphasized a single theme or have been preoccupied with the ensuing Civil War, Rose considers sharply divergent tendencies in religion and politics and a wide range of reformers, authors, and other public figures. She contends that although the key characteristic of the society in which Americans explored their ideas was openness, the freedom and creativity of antebellum thought depended on conditions of cultural security. Including works by African Americans, Irish Americans, Native Americans, and Jewish Americans that have seldom been seen in relation to the era's more famous masterpieces, Voices of the Marketplace provides a clearer portrait of antebellum America.

The breadth and interpretive skills displayed by the author are impressive. Rose's analytic sophistication and unsparing confrontation with complex disciplinary issues will make her book an important work for graduate students and faculty.

Illustrationsp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. xv
The Transformations of Faithp. 1
The Struggles of Political Loyaltiesp. 30
The Languages of Capitalismp. 60
American Renaissancep. 90
The Flowering of Minority Culturesp. 130
America at a Crossroads: The 1850sp. 162
Chronologyp. 185
Notes and Referencesp. 189
Bibliographic Essayp. 227
Indexp. 239
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ISBN: 9780742532632
ISBN-10: 0742532631
Series: American Thought and Culture (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 28th May 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.47
Weight (kg): 0.37