Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830-1870
Karen Halttunen draws a vivid picture of the social and cultural development of the upwardly mobile middle class, basing her study on a survey of the conduct manuals and fashion magazines of mid-nineteenth-century America.
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