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In the bustling cities of the mid-nineteenth-century Northeast, young male clerks working in commercial offices and stores were on the make, persistently seeking wealth, respect, and self-gratification. Yet these strivers and "counter jumpers" discovered that claiming the identities of independent men—while making sense of a volatile capitalist economy and fluid urban society—was fraught with uncertainty. In On the Make, Brian P. Luskey illuminates at once the power of the ideology of self-making and the important contests over the meanings of respectability, manhood, and citizenship that helped to determine who clerks were and who they would become. Drawing from a rich array of archival materials, including clerks’ diaries, newspapers, credit reports, census data, advice literature, and fiction, Luskey argues that a better understanding of clerks and clerking helps make sense of the culture of capitalism and the society it shaped in this pivotal era.

Detalhes do Produto

    • Formato:  ePub
    • Origem:  IMPORTADO
    • Editora: NYU PRESS
    • Coleção:  American History and Culture
    • Assunto: História
    • Idioma: INGLÊS
    • Ano de Edição: 2010
    • Ano:  2010
    • País de Produção: Canada
    • Código de Barras:  2001049766450
    • ISBN:  9780814752548

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