Publisher description for The monied metropolis : New York City and the consolidation of the American bourgeoisie, 1850-1896 / Sven Beckert.


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Counter Tracing the shifting fortunes and changing character of New York City's economic elite over half a century, this book brings to light a neglected - and critical - chapter in the social history of the United States: the rise of an American bourgeoisie. How a small and diverse group of New Yorkers came to wield unprecedented economic, social, and political power is the story that Sven Beckert pursues from 1850 to the turn of the nineteenth century. Blending social, intellectual, and political history, his book reveals the central role of the Civil War in realigning New York City's economic elite, as merchants began to shed their old allegiances to slavery and the Atlantic economy and to cede a greater share of economic power to industrialists. The Monied Metropolis draws on a remarkable range of sources to provide a richly textured historical portrait of society redefining itself.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: New York (N, Y, ) Economic conditions, New York (N, Y, ) Social conditions, Middle class New York (State) New York History 19th century, Elite (Social sciences) New York (State) New York History 19th century