Karen Hansen's richly anecdotal narrative explores the textured community lives of New England's working women and menaboth white and blackan the half century before the Civil War. Her use of diaries, letters, and autobiographies brings their voices to life, making this study an extraordinary combination of historical research and sociological interpretation. Hansen challenges conventional notions that women were largely relegated to a private realm and men to a public one. A third dimensionathe social sphereaalso existed and was a critical meeting ground for both genders. In the social worlds of love, livelihood, gossip, friendship, and mutual assistance, working people crossed ideological gender boundaries. The book's rare collection of original writings reinforces Hansen's arguments and also provides an intimate glimpse into antebellum New England life.The booka#39;s rare collection of original writings reinforces Hansena#39;s arguments and also provides an intimate glimpse into antebellum New England life.
|Title||:||A Very Social Time|
|Author||:||Karen V. Hansen|
|Publisher||:||Univ of California Press - 1994-06-01|