Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830-1870 (2020)

Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830-1870 Karen Halttunen Confidence Men and Painted Women A Study of Middle class Culture in America Karen Halttunen draws a vivid picture of the social and cultural development of the upwardly mobile middle class basing her study on a survey of the conduct manuals and fashion magazines of mid ninet
  • Title: Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830-1870
  • Author: Karen Halttunen
  • ISBN: 9780300037883
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830-1870 Karen Halttunen Karen Halttunen draws a vivid picture of the social and cultural development of the upwardly mobile middle class, basing her study on a survey of the conduct manuals and fashion magazines of mid nineteenth century America An ingenious book original, inventive, resourceful, and exciting This book adds immeasurably to the current work on sentimental culture and AmericanKaren Halttunen draws a vivid picture of the social and cultural development of the upwardly mobile middle class, basing her study on a survey of the conduct manuals and fashion magazines of mid nineteenth century America An ingenious book original, inventive, resourceful, and exciting This book adds immeasurably to the current work on sentimental culture and American cultural history and brings to its task an inquisitive, fresh, and intelligent perspective Essential reading for historians, literary critics, feminists, and cultural commentators who wish to study mid nineteenth century American culture and its relation to contemporary values Dianne F Sadoff, American Quarterly A compelling and beautifully developed study Halttunen provides us with a subtle book that gently unfolds from her mastery of the subject and intelligent prose Paula S Fass, Journal of Social History Halttunen has done her homework the research has been tremendous, the notes and bibliography are impressive, and the text is peppered with hundreds of quotes and gives some real insight into an area of American culture and history where we might have never bothered to look John Hopkins, Times Literary Supplement The kind of imaginative history that opens up new questions, that challenges conventional historical understanding, and demonstrates how provocative and exciting cultural history can be William R Leach, The New England Quarterly A stunning contribution to American cultural history Alan Trachtenberg
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  1. Mary Catelli

    History of an attitude, studying its ramifications of through many complications.Sincerity Hypocrisy Major issues in the era for Americans For all sorts of reasons For one thing, cities exploded in this time, and that meant that people kept on meeting up with people they didn t know One person wrote in a letter that, shockingly enough, she has only twice met someone she actually knew while walking the streets of Philadelphia And many people had to work with people they didn t know and couldn t k [...]

  2. Billy

    In her 1983 work Confidence Men and Painted Women, University of Southern California historian Karen Halttunen examines the social norms of middle class Americans from the years 1830 1870 Confidence Men examines the manners and fashions of the Victorian era not in a critical fashion, but instead inquires, Why did nineteenth century conduct manuals represent hypocrisy, personified in the confidence man and the painted woman, as a major threat to American society In only two hundred pages, Halttun [...]

  3. David Bates

    Karen Halttunen explored the cultural changes wrought in the early decades of industrialization in her 1982 work Confidence Men and Painted Women As young Americans left the countryside and journeyed beyond traditional restraints and supervision to swelling towns and cities, concerned writers dwelt at length on the threats posed by two archetypal villains the confidence man and the painted woman Studying advice literature published after 1830 Halttunen teases out the anxieties about trust which [...]

  4. Nigel Sellars

    A fascinating and well argued book, Halttunen s work examines not just the attitudes, but the behaviors, of a critical generation in American history She argues how the industrial and market revolutions and burgeoning new cities placed tremendous stress on American society and rather than accept or embrace these changes, many groups tried to adapt older views to maintain their older but increasing irrelevant values While Haltunnen limits her study largely to the antebellum era, her ideas have fa [...]

  5. Mariel

    Haltunen asks why 19th century conduct manuals were so concerned with hypocrisy and how they attempted to fight this threat She ends up with an extremely compelling work about mid 19th century behaviour, fashion, and society that critically examines the changing relationships within society and the larger significance for American republicanism The confidence man and his female counterpart, the painted woman, represented a growing threat to early mid 19th century life As cities and towns grew an [...]

  6. Kristi

    Halttuen explores the trope of the confidence men and painted women in 19th century American culture Basing her study in social conduct manuals and fashion magazines, Haltttuen traces changes in the attitudes of nineteenth century middle class Americans Anxieties about physical and social mobility in antebellum culture involved fears about deception, sincerity, and identity In response to these fears, middle class antebellum Americans developed a sentimental culture that strictly governed the ap [...]

  7. Katie

    This is a compact, easy to read, and perceptive book about changes in etiquette, dress, and middle class conduct over the course of the 19th century In some ways it s kind of a small topic, but the author does a good succinct job of explaining why it matters and in general this book is a compelling reminder of how old ideas don t always disappear, but sometimes take on new life in new settings, i.e the connection between republican ideology, puritanism, and their application in the Jacksonian er [...]

  8. Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins

    This has to be one of my favorite historical culture books Halttunen knows her stuff Her research is amazing This is a study of middle class culture in America from 1830 1870 Her study of the social and cultural development of the middle class is based on the etiquette manuals and fashion magazines of the mid 19th century A must read for students of the era.

  9. Lesley

    Engaging, a true social history of the sentimental period in the United States Takes a deeper look into culture, including dress, etiquette, and the social norms of life in the early to mid 1800 s by evaluating a wealth of pop culture literary pieces Hulttunen, at times, over quotes and the language isn t always natural, but the argument is great.

  10. Bernadette Loeffel-Atkins

    An excellent read for those who want to get a better understanding of 19th Century Middle Class Society in America It covers etiquette, mourning rituals, entertainment, etc A great read for the 19th Century Scholar.

  11. Rebecca McNamara

    A cogent, lively study of nineteenth century middle class culture in the United States A must read for anyone studying the art, design, material culture, social or other histories of this period.

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