Of all the terms with which Americans define themselves as members of society, few are as elusive as qmiddle class.q This book traces the emergence of a recognizable and self-aware qmiddle classq between the era of the American Revolution and the end of the nineteenth century. The author focuses on the development of the middle class in larger American cities, particularly Philadelphia and New York. He examines the middle class in all its complexity, and in its day-to-day existence--at work, in the home, and in the shops, markets, theaters, and other institutions of the big city. The book places the new language of class---in particular the new term qmiddle classq--in the context of the concrete, interwoven experiences of specific anonymous Americans who were neither manual workers nor members of urban upper classes.aquot; This book traces the emergence of a recognizable and self-aware aquot;middle classaquot; between the era of the American Revolution and the end of the nineteenth century.
|Title||:||The Emergence of the Middle Class|
|Author||:||Stuart M. Blumin|
|Publisher||:||Cambridge University Press - 1989-09-29|