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On the Make

Clerks and the Quest for Capital in Nineteenth-Century America

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On the Make by Brian P Luskey
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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.

Author Biography

Brian P. Luskey is Assistant Professor of History at West Virginia University.
Release date Australia
January 1st, 2010
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
New York University Press
Pages
287
Dimensions
3895x5830x23
ISBN-13
9780814752289
Product ID
3805986

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