Yankee Family James McGovern

ISBN: 9780878556748

Published: January 1st 1978

Paperback

191 pages


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Yankee Family  by  James McGovern

Yankee Family by James McGovern
January 1st 1978 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 191 pages | ISBN: 9780878556748 | 5.67 Mb

The voluminous records of the Pierce and Poor families weave a story that runs from the late eighteenth century until World War I. The extent and qual-ity of their source materials, and their positions as representative middle-class toMoreThe voluminous records of the Pierce and Poor families weave a story that runs from the late eighteenth century until World War I.

The extent and qual-ity of their source materials, and their positions as representative middle-class to upper-middle-class New England families, make these subjects of Yankee Family particularly well suited for analyzing processes of continuity and change. McGovern reviews the life-styles of the Pierce and, Poor families both on the frontier and in the Boston area, and focuses on the cross-generational changes in these styles.The study begins with John Pierce at Harvard in the 1790s and follows through to the first decade of the twen-tieth century.

The author shows how the Yankee mentality, an outgrowth of New England Puritanism, contributed to the familys rise to success, but con-cludes that by the early twentieth cen-tury the Yankee life-style was ending, a victim of social and economic changes in American society that were rendering it irrelevant.Until recently historical scholarship on the American family has been static. Apart from long-standing predilections of historians for political history, there were also theoretical and meth-odological problems deterring schol-arship on the American family.

But McGoverns approach holds great promise- it is more sensitive than quan-tification studies to the impact of change on a wider range of human expe-riences because it is inevitably more personal. While this type of family his-tory rewards students of social change, it also affords important insights on con-tinuity.

It reveals the existence of a family style which adapts to change with a special corpus of family wisdom, al-ways finding a way to exercise its known amidst constant flux -- thus mitigating some of the effects of change.



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