Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the by Sean Wilentz

By Sean Wilentz

Due to the fact its ebook in 1984, Chants Democratic has persisted as a vintage narrative on exertions and the increase of yank democracy. In it, Sean Wilentz explores the dramatic social and highbrow adjustments that observed early industrialization in big apple. He offers a breathtaking chronicle of recent York City's exertions strife, social events, and political turmoil within the eras of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. 20 years after its preliminary booklet, Wilentz has extra a brand new preface that takes inventory of his personal pondering, then and now, approximately manhattan urban and the increase of the yankee operating class.

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In the first rush of expansion, between 1790 and 1800, the number of residents counted in the census increased by more than 80 percent; by 1805, New York was the nation's largest city. Twenty years later, despite the embargo, the war, and several outbreaks of yellow fever, the recorded population had nearly tripled again, to over 160,000. The city's physical growth was almost as impressive. Although incapable of ending chronic housing shortages, new construction to the north and the subdivision of existing structures surpassed the expectations of the most enterprising New Yorkers.

22. Such, of course, was the leading article of faith for what used to be known as the "symbolist" American-studies movement, in its discussions of Jacksonian politics and industrialization. , 1950); John William Ward, Andrew Jackson: Symbol for an Age (New York, 1955); Marvin Meyers, The Jacksonian Persuasion: Politics and Belief (Stanford 1957); Leo Marx, The Machine in the Garden: Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America (New York, 1964). More recent work in this vein includes John Kasson, Civilizing the Machine: Technology and Republican Values in the United States, 1776-1900 (New York, 1977).

Nevertheless, the process happened, and can be shown to have happened, in the republican metropolis. What to call the new forms of social consciousness that appeared has long been subject to debate. Early on, I abandoned the familiar, essentialist concept of class consciousness, still dominant in the Marxist and Weberian traditions, that would define the term as an all-embracing (usually revolutionary) critique of capitalist wage-labor relations, held by the mass of proletarians and expressed in all consequential matters of public and private concern, above all in politics.

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