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The Emergence of the Middle Class: Social Experience in the American City, 1760 1900
Focusing on its development in larger American cities, particularly Philadelphia and New York, this study analyzes the day-to-day existence of the elusive middle class at work, at home and in the city.
Paperback, 452 pages
Published March 8th 2002 by Cambridge University Press
(first published September 29th 1989)
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I read this for a project I'm working on, and it felt very much like studying a textbook for a class. I learned a lot of interesting things about the development of the middle class in America, but I had to wade through acres of academic language to do it, and I skipped over some of the sections that were detailed recitations of lot and block analyses Blumin had done of various historic cities.
Generally, Blumin makes the case that in the 1700s, America had two classes -- the wealthy and everyone ...more