The Middling Sorts: Explorations in the History of the American Middle Class

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Burton J. Bledstein, Robert D. Johnston
Psychology Press, 2001 - History - 368 pages
According to their national myth, all Americans are "middle class," but rarely has such a widely-used term been so poorly defined. These fascinating essays provide much-needed context to the subject of class in America.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
Middling Sorts For The New Nation 27
The Social Consequences
Master Mechanics and the Market Revolution in the Antebellum North
Fancywork Charity
The Civil
1
Scientific Church Music and the Making of the American Middle Class
79
and the DeChristianization of MiddleClass Authority 18801920
101
MiddleClass Material Culture
169
Business Coireers in Modern Times
185
Obstacles to History? Modernization
207
The Corporate Reconstruction of MiddleClass Manhood
231
and MiddleClass Identity 19081950
263
Chicagos Wonder Books
307
Historians and the American Middle Class
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ANDREA VOLPE
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About the author (2001)

Robert Johnston is Assistant Professor of History at Yale. Burton Bledstein is Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and the author of The Culture of Professionalism.

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