Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865
Winner of the 1981 Bancroft Prize. 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.
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Review: Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865User Review - Kaufmak - Goodreads
I'm not the biggest fan of Ryan's writing, dry would almost be a compliment. Cradle of the Middle Class, even as plodding as it feels for such a short book, is an important book all the same. The ... Read full review
Review: Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790-1865User Review - Beth - Goodreads
Another one of the key books for understanding the formation of the middle class--if a bit dated, now. Read full review