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Social Change in America: From the Revolution to the Civil War Paperback – September 6, 2007

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At last we have a book that interprets the broad sweep of social change in America. (Don H. Doyle, McCausland Professor of History, University of South Carolina)

This is an intelligent and extraordinarily useful volume. Dense with information and insight . . . a thoroughly rewarding read. (Jonathan Prude)

In this concise and lucid book, Christopher Clark clearly and insightfully explores a sweeping transformation of American society. (Alan Taylor, University of California, Davis)

A compelling synthesis of American social history...Clark's narrative captures brilliantly and clearly the way [of] the American Revolution. (Paul G. E. Clemens, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey)

Beautifully written. (David W. Blight, Class of 1954 Professor of American History, Yale University, and Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University)

Offers something different—the opportunity to survey changes and their lasting, far-reaching impact on American society. . . . A fundamental coverage. (California Bookwatch)

Deeply researched . . . unassailable. (Harry Watson Reviews In American History)

Drawing richly on recent literature, Clark weaves extensive data into a broad and readable summary of current academic concerns and conclusions. (David Grimsted Journal of Social History)

Deft, fast-paced, and sweeping survey of the major changes in the American economy and social structure during the antebellum years. (Journal of Southern History)

For the discerning reader, Clark presents ideas that provoke deeper thought. (The Historian)

No programme for a course on American history for this period should do without listing this book. (Journal of American Studies)

About the Author

Christopher Clark is professor of history at the University of Connecticut and author of The Communitarian Movement and The Roots of Rural Capitalism. Born in England, he studied at the University of Warwick and did his graduate work at Harvard University. He has received the Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians. He lives in Storrs, Connecticut.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Ivan R. Dee; Reprint edition (September 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566637546
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566637541
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.1 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,671 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a useful study on the underpinnings of American social change from the Revolution period through the Civil War and the Reconstruction period. Clark analyzes elements such as the role of the family in society, the differences that existed among different geographic regions of the U.S., race and gender, the labor force and so forth to show how the U.S. was changing dramatically in some ways and in certain regions, but also how some things changed very little or very slowly, such as attitudes toward blacks, Indians, women and children in the household and the likes.

Look for great emphasis on the nature of the American family unit and the structures that existed within this unit and how that shaped society in a significant way. Clark also gives great attention to the nature of the Northern versus the Southern economies, what drove their economies and what groups were responsible for their developments (i.e. slave labor versus "free"labor). These themes will be quite familiar to most students of American history, but Clark's book is extremely useful in highlighting just what forces were shaping the country and leading it in the direction(s) it was heading.

The roles of commerce, slavery, westward expansion, migrations, religious revivalism, political parties and other such factors are touched upon to show the currents flowing in American society and how they affected peoples' lives, attitudes and beliefs. Clark's book doesn't provide a lot of new information, at least in my opinion, but it is nevertheless a thoughtful and eminently readable book on the social aspects of American history in this time period.
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For decades American history has provided surveys of changing society with a focus on early years: Social Change in America: From the Revolution Through the Civil War offers something different - the opportunity to survey changes and their lasting, far-reaching impact on American society and values. Chapters trace the roots and foundations of social change through all the decades, analyzing families, households, work and more. It's a fundamental coverage for any who would understand how social changes are effected over the long-term.

Diane C. Donovan

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I ordered the large at first and it got big. Did the exchange for a medium and I'm really happy I did. The exchange process was easy and fast. I'm stoked i got the hat I wanted and it was not a headache to get the right size. Awesome!!
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