Provincial Lives: Middle-Class Experience in the Antebellum Middle West

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Cambridge University Press, Jan 28, 1999 - History - 334 pages
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Provincial Lives tells the story of the development of a regional middle class in the antebellum Middle West. It traces the efforts of waves of Americans to transmit their social structures, behavior, and values to the West and construct a distinctive regional middle-class culture on the urban frontier. Intertwining local, regional, and national history with social, immigration, gender and urban history, Mahoney examines how a succession of settlers from "good" society--farmers, entrepreneurs, professionals, and "genteel" men and women from the urban East--interacted with, accommodated, and compromised with those already there to construct a middle-class society.
 

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Family migration and social development on a near frontier
31
Migration male subcultures
62
The gentility system in the West
113
Professional culture among lawyers and
168
Constructing a regional society
213
Epilogue
257
Appendices
263
Notes
269
Selected bibliography
321
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