Elite Families: Class and Power in Nineteenth-Century Boston
This book maps the development of a regional elite and its persistence as an economic upper class through the nineteenth century. Farrell's study traces the kinship networks and overlapping business ties of the most economically prominent Brahmin families from the beginning of industrialization in the 1820s to the early twentieth century. Archival sources such as genealogies, family papers, and business records are used to address two issues of concern to those who study social stratification and the structure of power in industrializing societies: in what ways have traditional forms of social organization, such as kinship, been responsive to the social and economic changes brought by industrialization; and how active a role did an early economic elite play in shaping the direction of social change and in preserving its own group power and privilege over time.
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FAMILY AND ECONOMY
THE SETTING OF BRAHMIN BOSTON
KINSHIP NETWORKS AND ECONOMIC ALLIANCES
KINKEEPING AND MARRIAGE TIES THE DOMESTIC SIDE OF KINSHIP NETWORKS
PATTERNS OF ECONOMIC CONTINUITY
KINSHIP AND CLASS INTO THE TWENTIETH CENTURY
GENEALOGICAL CHARTS OF THE LOWELLS LAWRENCES APPLETONS AND JACKSONS
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