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Purchasing identity in the Atlantic world : Massachusetts merchants, 1670-1780

Author: Phyllis Whitman Hunter
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Americans have always had a love-hate relationship with possessions. Early Americans suspected luxuries as a corrupting force that would lead to an aristocracy. In Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World, Phyllis Whitman Hunter demonstrates how elite Americans not only became infatuated with their belongings, but also avidly pursued consumption to shape their world and proclaim their success."--Jacket.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phyllis Whitman Hunter
ISBN: 0801438551 9780801438554
OCLC Number: 45558985
Description: xii, 224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction: "Emporium for the World" --
Ch. 1. Piety and Profit in Puritan Boston --
Ch. 2. Much Commerce and Many Cultures --
Ch. 3. Puritans, the Polite, and the Impolite --
Ch. 4. The Work of Gentility in the Provinces --
Ch. 5. A Return to Homespun.
Responsibility: Phyllis Whitman Hunter.

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"Americans have always had a love-hate relationship with possessions. Early Americans suspected luxuries as a corrupting force that would lead to an aristocracy. In Purchasing Identity in the Atlantic World, Phyllis Whitman Hunter demonstrates how elite Americans not only became infatuated with their belongings, but also avidly pursued consumption to shape their world and proclaim their success."--Jacket.

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