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American Exceptionalism, American Anxiety: Wages, Competition, and Degraded Labor in the Antebellum United States Hardcover – August 29, 2002

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A considerable scholarly and intellectual achievement, American Exceptionalism, American Anxiety addresses many of the most interesting and significant issues in antebellum historiography, among them the nature of market revolution, whiteness, slave and free labor, Thomas Haskell’s concept of ‘remote sympathy,’ and the utility of poststructuralist approaches.

(Richard B. Stott, George Washington University, author of Workers in the Metropolis: Class, Ethnicity, and Youth in Antebellum New York City)

American Exceptionalism, American Anxiety is a sophisticated and subtle study, and its many important insights can hardly be captured in a brief review. Glickstein's book should be read by everyone interested in nineteenth-century history and the wider history of American ideas.

(The Journal of Southern History)

Brilliantly reasoned and persuasively argued.

(American Historical Review)

Glickstein has written an estimable book, deeply researched and formidably argued, the most searching treatment available.

(Journal of Interdisciplinary History)

About the Author

Jonathan A. Glickstein is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Concepts of Free Labor in Antebellum America.

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