In the New England Fashion: Reshaping Women's Lives in the Nineteenth Century by Catherine E. KellyIn the New England Fashion: Reshaping Women's Lives in the Nineteenth Century by Catherine E. Kelly

In the New England Fashion: Reshaping Women's Lives in the Nineteenth Century

byCatherine E. Kelly

Paperback | April 1, 2002

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In the first half of the nineteenth century, rural New England society underwent a radical transformation as the traditional household economy gave way to an encroaching market culture. Drawing on a wide array of diaries, letters, and published writings by women in this society, Catherine E. Kelly describes their attempts to make sense of the changes in their world by elaborating values connected to rural life. In her hands, the narratives reveal the dramatic ways female lives were reshaped during the antebellum period and the women's own contribution to those developments. Equally important, she demonstrates how these writings afford a fuller understanding of the capitalist transformation of the countryside and the origins of the Northern middle class.Provincial women exalted rural life for its republican simplicity while condemning that of the city for its aristocratic pretension. The idyllic nature of the former was ascribed to the financial independence that the household economy had long provided those in the farming community. Kelly examines how the juxtaposition of rural virtue to urban vice served as a cautionary defense against the new realities of the capitalist market society. She finds that women responded to the transition to capitalism by upholding a set of values which point toward the creation of a provincial bourgeoisie.

Catherine E. Kelly is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Oklahoma.
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Title:In the New England Fashion: Reshaping Women's Lives in the Nineteenth CenturyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.58 inPublished:April 1, 2002Publisher:Cornell University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0801487862

ISBN - 13:9780801487866

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"This rich written legacy first spelled out the superiority of rural life over urban society as a way of clarifying economic change.... This fine study should stimulate other scholars to pursue and evaluate Kelly's methods and insights."

- Mary H. Blewett, University of Massachusetts - American Historical Review