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Social Change in America: From the Revolution to the Civil War Paperback – September 6, 2007
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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)
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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.
Diane C. Donovan