On the Make : Clerks and the Quest for Capital in Nineteenth-Century America Paperback / softback
Part of the American History and Culture series
In the bustling cities of the mid-nineteenth-century Northeast, young male clerks working in commercial offices and stores were on the make, persistently seeking wealth, respect, and self-gratification.
Yet these strivers and "counter jumpers" discovered that claiming the identities of independent men-while making sense of a volatile capitalist economy and fluid urban society-was fraught with uncertainty. In On the Make, Brian P. Luskey illuminates at once the power of the ideology of self-making and the important contests over the meanings of respectability, manhood, and citizenship that helped to determine who clerks were and who they would become.
Drawing from a rich array of archival materials, including clerks' diaries, newspapers, credit reports, census data, advice literature, and fiction, Luskey argues that a better understanding of clerks and clerking helps make sense of the culture of capitalism and the society it shaped in this pivotal era.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 287 pages
- Publisher: New York University Press
- Publication Date: 01/12/2011
- Category: History of the Americas
- ISBN: 9780814753101
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