Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History

Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History

By: C.Dallett Hemphill (author)Hardback

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Based on a wealth of family papers, period images, and popular literature, this is the first book devoted to the broad history of sibling relations in America. Illuminating the evolution of the modern family system, Siblings shows how brothers and sisters have helped each other in the face of the dramatic political, economic, and cultural changes of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The book illustrates how, in colonial America, sibling relations offered an egalitarian space to soften the challenges of the larger patriarchal family and society, whereas after the Revolution, in antebellum America, sibling relations provided order and authority in a more democratic nation. As Hemphill demonstrates, siblings function across all races as humanity's shock-absorbers as well as valued kin and keepers of memory. This wide-ranging book offers a new understanding of the relationship between families and history in an evolving world and a timely reminder of the role our siblings play in our own lives.

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About Author

C. Dallett Hemphill is a Professor of History at Ursinus College. She is the author of Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860. She has seven siblings.


Introduction ; Part I: Siblings in a New World ; Ch 1: Comparing Colonial Childhoods ; Ch 2: Survivors: Sibling Relations among Adults ; Ch 3: Siblings for Keeps in Early America ; Part II: Sublings in a Time of Revolution ; Ch 4: Finding Fraternity: Gender and the Revolution in Sentiment ; Ch 5: Republican Brothers and Sisters at Play ; Ch 6: Shock Absorbers: Young Adult Siblings in the New Century ; Part III: Sublings and Democracy in America ; Ch 7: Northern Homes as Found ; Ch 8: The Reign of the Elder Sister ; Ch 9: The Feminization of Kin-Keeping ; Ch 10: Telling Exceptions: Planters, Slaves, and Pioneers ; Epilogue: To the Back Seat Wars ; Notes ; Bibliography

Product Details

  • publication date: 25/08/2011
  • ISBN13: 9780199754052
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 328
  • ID: 9780199754052
  • weight: 569
  • ISBN10: 0199754055

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