Seduced, abandoned, and reborn : visions of youth in middle-class America, 1780-1850 / Rodney Hessinger.

By: Hessinger, RodneyMaterial type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksEarly American studies: Publisher: Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, ©2005Description: 1 online resource (255 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780812202243 (electronic bk.); 0812202244 (electronic bk.)Subject(s): Youth -- United States -- History -- 18th century | Youth -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Youth -- Books and reading -- United States -- History | Social control -- United States -- History | Moral education -- United States -- History | United States -- Social conditions -- 18th century | United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century | United States -- Moral conditionsAdditional physical formats: Print version:: No titleDDC classification: 305.235/086/220973 LOC classification: HQ796 | .H465 2005Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
"Victims at the shrine of Libertinism": gender in the seduction tales of the late eighteenth century -- Victim of seduction or vicious women? Conceptions of the prostitute at the Philadelphia Magdaden Society and beyond -- "The most powerful instrument of college discipline": the University of Pennsylvania and the Advent of meritocracy in the early republic -- Harvesting youth: the competition for souls in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia and beyond -- "The young man's friend": advice manuals and the dangerous journey to self-made manhood -- Private libertines: emergent strategies for the control of male youth in Bourgeois America.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [233]-248) and index.

"Victims at the shrine of Libertinism": gender in the seduction tales of the late eighteenth century -- Victim of seduction or vicious women? Conceptions of the prostitute at the Philadelphia Magdaden Society and beyond -- "The most powerful instrument of college discipline": the University of Pennsylvania and the Advent of meritocracy in the early republic -- Harvesting youth: the competition for souls in early nineteenth-century Philadelphia and beyond -- "The young man's friend": advice manuals and the dangerous journey to self-made manhood -- Private libertines: emergent strategies for the control of male youth in Bourgeois America.

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In the decades following the American Revolution, many Americans worried about the morals of young people in an age when strict patriarchal control was eroding. Hessinger (Hiram College) examines the middle-class authors, educators, and reformers who served as self-proclaimed moral guardians, and traces their efforts to influence and shape young people, particularly those in the urban Northeast. The author surveys a variety of efforts, from writing didactic novels and advice manuals to building reform institutions and reshaping colleges. The book effectively advances two main arguments. First, it highlights the dilemmas facing conservative-minded reformers: in order to convince young people to behave a certain way, they had to interest and persuade their audience, not order them. Whatever the genre, these reformers tended to create works that titillated, scandalized, or entertained an audience in ways that seemed to be at cross-purposes with their ostensible goals. Second, the book argues that these efforts were instrumental in shaping middle-class notions of chastity, domesticity, and piety, while at the same time clarifying differences between classes. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. Collections specializing in 19th-century and cultural history, upper-division undergraduate and above. S. Condon Merrimack College

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Rodney Hessinger teaches history at Hiram College.

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