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|Confidence Men and Painted Women:
A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830-1870
(Yale Historical Publications)
Professor Karen Halttunen
From Amazon.com: Aa must for both scholars and living historians alike. Halttunen's work vividly details the social and cultural development of 19th Century Middle Class America, their etiquette, values and mores. Taken from etiquette books, manuals and magazines of the era, Halttunen's study covers the sentimental culture of fashion, etiquette, hypocrisy of the time and even mourning the dead.
|Seduced, Abandoned, and Reborn:
Visions of Youth in Middle-Class America, 1780-1850
(Early American Studies)
The content is easy for modern readers to relate to: young adults exploring religion and sexuality and occasionally rioting against college authorities, themes interwoven with the political, economic, and cultural values of the early republic to discover the roots of that generation. The book is not only a compelling piece of scholarship but also a model of clear, succinct, engaging historical writing.
Visions of Gender in Victorian America (Galaxy Books)
First collection of essays by Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, one of the leading historians of women. Her focus is on the "disorderly conduct" women (and some men) used to break away from the Victorian Era's rigid class and sex roles. The essays consider the dramatic changes in male-female relations, family structure, sex, social custom, and ritual that occurred as colonial America was transformed by rapid industrialization. Included are: "The Female World of Love and Ritual: Relations Between Women in Nineteenth-Century America" and "The New Woman as Androgyne: Social Order and Gender Crisis, 1870-1936," including essays on abortion, eligious fanatics, and revisionist history.
|Contraband Cowboys, Jim Christina
Following the American Civil War, the freed slaves began the migration to the north and the west. Many freedmen became respected and valued cowboys on some of the largest ranches in the west. This is the story of two brothers, Bountiful Jim Lent and Lewis Bishop. Both hard working hands but with an awful story to tell. Lewis' direct family including his sister, her husband, their baby and his father are killed in a raid by the hooded citizens known as the Nightriders, a holdout of the old slave hunters and killers during the slavery period. The raid ignites what would become to be known as the Williamson Valley War and would drag in some of the territory's toughest fighters and gunmen in a last ditch effort too reclaim what rightly belongs to the two brothers and their neighbors. Show More Show Less