Market Sentiments: Middle-Class Market Culture in Nineteenth-Century America
Elizabeth White NelsonISBN: 1588341399;
Book Description Interdisciplinary history explaining the rise of capitalism, sentimentalism, the marketplace, and the parlor . This brilliant examination of the nineteenth-century challenges a central tenet of American history: that in the pastmen and women lived in separate spheres. Women, supposedly, lived lives focused around hearth and home; men focused on trade and commerce. Market Sentiments turns this argument on its head, showing how the market revolution was inextricably linkedto sentimental beliefs. The invention of Valentine's Day and the rise of popular fashion magazines that used a sentimental language for attracting customers illustrate how the market and the parlor were closely intertwined. Through her ingenious use of sources?literary bestsellers, the decoration of Victorian parlors, hair jewelry, and fashion magazines?Elizabeth White Nelson shows that for nineteenth-century Americans hearth, home, and the pursuit of cash were joined...
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