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City of women : sex and class in New York, 1789-1860

Author: Christine Stansell
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1986.
Series: Borzoi book
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This highly original work takes a close look at working-class women in early 19th century New York, and shows both the strengths and vulnerabilities of this 'city of women'. Describing the specific moral and economic circumstances of individual female lives, the author makes vivid historical sense of what until now has been obscured by generalization, abstraction, and oversimplification.--
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Stansell, Christine.
City of women.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1986
(OCoLC)608867294
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christine Stansell
ISBN: 039451534X 9780394515342
OCLC Number: 13821712
Description: xiv, 301 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Part One. Precarious dependencies : Women in the Republican city, 1789-1820 : Female work and poverty --
Tbe problem of dependency : men and women, rich and poor --
Part Two. The politics of sociability, 1820-1850 : Women in the neighborhoods --
Places of vice : views of the neighborhoods --
Women and men --
Part Three. Wage work : Harrowing truths : Manufactuging work --
Women and the labor movement --
Domestic service --
Part Four. The politics of the streets, 1850-1860 : Women on the town : Sexual exchange and prostitution --
The uses of the streets --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Borzoi book
Responsibility: Christine Stansell.

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This highly original work takes a close look at working-class women in early 19th century New York, and shows both the strengths and vulnerabilities of this 'city of women'. Describing the specific moral and economic circumstances of individual female lives, the author makes vivid historical sense of what until now has been obscured by generalization, abstraction, and oversimplification.--

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