Chants Democratic : New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788-1850-Twentieth Anniversary Edition
Since its publication in 1984, Chants Democratic has endured as a classic narrative on labor and the rise of American democracy. In it, Sean Wilentz explores the dramatic social and intellectual changes that accompanied early industrialization in New York. He provides a panoramic chronicle of New York City's labor strife, social movements, and political turmoil in the eras of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson. Twenty years after its initial publication, Wilentz has added a new preface that takes stock of his own thinking, then and now, about New York City and the rise of the American working class.
"The best book yet written about the emergence of New York City's working class and a major contribution to American working-class history."--The New Republic
"[Chants Democratic] has no equal in breadth of subject, grace of style or acuity of interpretation."--The Nation
"Wilentz has written the statement on Jacksonian New York.... A great leap forward in both American social and American political history."--Journal of American History
"A remarkable book that will quickly establish itself in the historiography and exert a powerful influence on the future direction of social, labor, and political history."--Journal of Interdisciplinary History
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August 01, 2004
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