Character is Capital: Success Manuals and Manhood in Gilded Age America

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UNC Press Books, 1997 - Business & Economics - 210 pages
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In late nineteenth-century America, a new type of book became commonplace in millions of homes across the country. Volumes sporting such titles as The Way to Win and Onward to Fame and Fortune promised to show young men how to succeed in lif
 

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Contents

The Success Manual of the Gilded Age
13
Success Manual Authors and Their World
55
Inspiration for the Battle of Life The Possibility of Success despite Difficulty
74
Success or FailureWhich? The Exigency of Success and the Efficacy of the New Industrial Order
86
Choosing a Calling Old and New in the World of Work
100
Character Is Capital The Moral Definition of a New Middle Class
126
Manhood Is Everything The Masculinization and Democratization of Success
142
Conclusion Beyond Success
166
NOTES
171
BIBLIOGRAPHY
195
INDEX
203
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About the author (1997)

Judy Hilkey, who holds a Ph.D. in history, is senior counselor at the Center for Worker Education, City College of New York, CUNY.

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