Reforming men and women : gender in the antebellum city /
Bruce Dorsey.
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, c2002.
xi, 299 p. : ill.
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Ithaca : Cornell University Press, c2002.
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Prologue -- Gender and reformers in the new republic -- Poverty -- Drink -- Slavery -- Immigration -- Epilogue.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2003-04-01:
Among historians, there are those who wish to reclaim women's history, men's history, and the "history from beneath" and those who believe that none of these things constitutes actual historical endeavor. Dorsey (Swarthmore College) is a student of masculine gender history whose book solidifies into something both unique and useful when he moves to the primary source material on Philadelphia. His work with the nature of benevolence, temperance, and abolitionism across gender and race is particularly interesting. The undertaking is ambitious--an attempt at a comprehensive interpretation of gender history, set in an antebellum northern city. It will likely be assigned for graduate history courses dealing with this era as a counterpoint to and enhancement of works by Nancy Cott, Mary Beth Norton, Barbara Welter, Linda Kerber, and Suzanne Lebsock, among others. The book suffers slightly from editorial mistakes, namely typographical errors, and also from the lack of a separate bibliography. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. For graduate students and professionals. M. T. Huntsman Somerset Community College
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Before the Civil War, the public lives of American men and women intersected most frequently in the arena of religion. Dorsey broadens the field of gender studies, incorporating analysis of masculinity into the history of early American religion.
Table of Contents
Prologuep. 1
Gender and Reformers in the New Republicp. 11
Povertyp. 50
Drinkp. 90
Slaveryp. 136
Immigrationp. 195
Epiloguep. 241
Abbreviationsp. 245
Notesp. 247
Indexp. 293
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