9780812221596-0812221591-The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (Early American Studies)

The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (Early American Studies)

ISBN-13: 9780812221596
ISBN-10: 0812221591
Edition: 44077th
Author: Hartigan-O'Connor, Ellen
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Format: Paperback 264 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780812221596
ISBN-10: 0812221591
Edition: 44077th
Author: Hartigan-O'Connor, Ellen
Publication date: 2011
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Format: Paperback 264 pages

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Acknowledged authors Hartigan-O'Connor, Ellen wrote The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (Early American Studies) comprising 264 pages back in 2011. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0812221591 and 9780812221596. Since then The Ties That Buy: Women and Commerce in Revolutionary America (Early American Studies) textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price of $ 0.30 or rent at the marketplace.

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In 1770, tavernkeeper Abigail Stoneman called in her debts by flourishing a handful of playing cards before the Rhode Island Court of Common Pleas. Scrawled on the cards were the IOUs of drinkers whose links to Stoneman testified to women's paradoxical place in the urban economy of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Stoneman did traditional women's work—boarding, feeding, cleaning, and selling alcohol—but her customers, like her creditors, underscore her connections to an expansive commercial society. These connections are central to The Ties That Buy.

Historian Ellen Hartigan-O'Connor traces the lives of urban women in early America to reveal how they used the ties of residence, work, credit, and money to shape consumer culture at a time when the politics of the marketplace was gaining national significance. Covering the period 1750-1820, the book analyzes how women such as Stoneman used and were used by shifting forms of credit and cash in an economy transitioning between neighborly exchanges and investment-oriented transactions. In this world, commerce reached into every part of life. At the hearths of multifamily homes, renters, lodgers, and recent acquaintances lived together and struck financial deals for survival. Landladies, enslaved washerwomen, shopkeepers, and hucksters sustained themselves by serving the mobile population. A new economic practice in America—shopping—mobilized hierarchical and friendly relationships into wide-ranging consumer networks that depended on these same market connections.

Rhetoric emerging after the Revolution downplayed the significance of expanding female economic life in the interest of stabilizing the political order. But women were quintessential market participants, with fluid occupational identities, cross-class social and economic connections, and a firm investment in cash and commercial goods for power and meaning.

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