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Market Sentiments - Middle-class Market Culture in Nineteenth-century America (Hardcover, illustrated edition) Loot Price: R847 Discovery Miles 8 470
Market Sentiments - Middle-class Market Culture in Nineteenth-century America (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Elizabeth White...
Market Sentiments - Middle-class Market Culture in Nineteenth-century America (Hardcover, illustrated edition): Elizabeth White...

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Market Sentiments - Middle-class Market Culture in Nineteenth-century America (Hardcover, illustrated edition)

Elizabeth White Nelson

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This brilliant examination of the nineteenth-century challenges a central tenet of American history: that in the past men 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 linked to 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 together in one big, sentimental market. Long seen as a reaction to the expansion of the marketplace, White Nelson sees the rise of sentimentalism and the marketplace as fundamentally linked to each other; indeed, they fueled each other. Not only were sentimental objects offered for sale (brass candlesticks as spin-off products from Uncle Tom's Cabin), but sentimental language was also used to explain the momentous changes in American culture. She explores how emotional rhetoric could be quite economically pragmatic.

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Imprint: Smithsonian Books
Country of origin: United States
Release date: September 2004
First published: September 2004
Authors: Elizabeth White Nelson
Dimensions: 210 x 133 x 24mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 304
Edition: illustrated edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-58834-139-6
Barcode: 9781588341396
Categories: Promotions
Books > Humanities > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > History > American history > 1800 to 1900
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 1-58834-139-9

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