Family Fortunes Men and Women of the English Middle Class, 1780-1850

ISBN-10: 0226137333

ISBN-13: 9780226137339

Edition: N/A

Authors: Leonore Davidoff, Catherine Hall

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"Family Fortunes is a major groundbreaking study that will become a classic in its field. I was fascinated by the information it provided and the argument it established about the role of gender in the construction of middle-class values, family life, and property relations. "The book explores how the middle class constructed its own institutions, material culture and values during the industrial revolution, looking at two settings--urban manufacturing Birmingham and rural Essex--both centers of active capitalist development. The use of sources is dazzling: family business records, architectural designs, diaries, wills and trusts, newspapers, prescriptive literature, sermons, manuscript census tracts, the papers of philanthropic societies, popular fiction, and poetry. "Family Fortunes occupies a place beside Mary Ryan's The Cradle of the Middle Class and Suzanne Lebsock's Free Women of Petersburg. It provides scholars with a definitive study of the middle class in England, and facilitates a comparative perspective on the history of middle-class women, property, and the family."--Judith Walkowitz, Johns Hopkins University
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List price: $30.00
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 8/27/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694

Introducing James Luckcock of Birmingham
What was the English middle class? -
Concepts and methods Setting the Scene Places: The town - Birmingham
The countryside
Essex and Suffolk People: The family shop - the Cadburys of Birmingham
The family pen - the Taylors of Essex
Religion and Ideology
'The one thing needful': religion and the middle class Church and chapel activity
The Evangelical revival and serious Christianity
Church against Dissent
The religious community
'Ye are all one in Christ Jesus': men, women and religion Doctrines on manliness
Doctrines on femininity
The ministry
The minister's wife
'bishop' of Birmingham
Church organization: women voting and women speaking - Laymen and women
'The nursery of virtue': domestic ideology and the middle class The Queen Caroline affair
Middle-class readers and writers
William Cowper and Hannah More
Local writers on separate spheres
Domestic ideologies of the 1830s and 1840s
Economic Structure and Opportunity
'A modest competency': men, women and property Enterprise organization
Land and capital
Enterprise finance
Providing for dependants
The interdependence of enterprise, family and friends
The role of marriage in the enterprise
Training for the enterprise
Retirement from the enterprise
'A man must act': men and the enterprise Middle-class men and occupations
The search for a 'sound commercial education'
Commerce and trade
Banks and banking
Farming - The professions
The salaried
'The hidden investment': women and the enterprise Women and property
Women's contribution to the enterprise
The education of women and its effects
Women as teachers
Women as innkeepers
Women in trade
The marginal place of women in the economy
Women, men and occupational identity
How did women survive?
Everyday Life: Gender in Action
'Our family is a little world': family structure and relationships The role of marriage in family formation
Brothers and sisters
The role of wider kin
'My own fireside': the creation of the middle-class home What was a home?
The separation of home from work
The meaning of the garden
The lay-out of the home
Running the home
The question of servants
'Lofty pine and clinging vine': living with gender in the middle class Manners and gentility
Changing attitudes to sexuality
Mobility and gender
Gender and the social occasion
Gender as appearance
'Improving times': men, women and the public sphere James Bisset of Birmingham
Voluntary associations
Philanthropic societies
Leisure and pleasure
Men, women and citizenship
Three poems by local authors
Sources for the local study
Tables Notes and references
Select bibliography
People index
Subject index
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