Greenburg, Amy S. Manifest Manhood and the Antebellum American Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005. Greenburg shows the role honor and masculinity played alongside politics, economics, and nationalism in American expansionism.
Gutiérrez, Ramón A. When Jesus Came, the Corn Mothers Went Away: Marriage, Sexuality, and Power in New Mexico, 1500–1846. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1991. This book offers an examination of gender, family, and honor in New Mexican society from contact through colonization and independence.
Ryan, Mary P. Cradle of the Middle Class: The Family in Oneida County, New York, 1790–1865. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1981. Ryan examines the transformation in American family and community life during the transformation from home-based production to industrial manufacturing.
Stansell, Christine. City of Women: Sex and Class in New York, 1789–1860. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986. This history of working-class women in New York shows both the opportunities and limitations industrialization offered individual women, and the ways in which gender itself shaped the structure and workings of the city.
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Cook, Sylvia J. Working Women, Literary Ladies: The Industrial Revolution and Female Aspiration. Looks at the transformation in women’s social and intellectual lives as well as the changing conceptions of gender as more women entered the industrializing workforce.
Deyle, Steven. Carry Me Back: The Domestic Slave Trade in American Life. A history of the internal slave trade that pays particular attention to its effects on the sectional crisis, market revolution, and slave life and culture.
Hemphill, C. Dallett. Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620–1860. Explains how manners and social mores responded to and attempted to mitigate the changing class structures brought on by the frontier experience and industrial development.
Holt, Michael F. The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party: Jacksonian Politics and the Onset of the Civil War. Offers a complete history of the Whig Party, including the social forces and political issues that influenced its birth and, eventually, led to its demise in the 1850s.
Howe, Daniel Walker. What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848. A comprehensive synthesis of American history during the period, placing the transportation and communication changes at the center of the revolutionary changes in the nation.
Sellers, Charles. The Market Revolution: Jacksonian America, 1815–1846. Argues that conflicts between the expanding capitalist system and American democracy were central to the social and political developments of the era.
Smith-Rosenberg, Caroll. Disorderly Conduct: Visions of Gender in Victorian America. In a series of essays, describes and analyzes the transformations in gender roles and spheres, family life and structure, and social customs that occurred in 19th-century America.
Wilentz, Sean. Chants Democratic: New York City and the Rise of the American Working Class, 1788–1850. Examines the effects of industrialization on the social and political world of the city.
Wyatt-Brown, Bertram. Southern Honor: Ethics and Behavior in the Old South. Details the southern code of honor and the ways it impacted every aspect of southern life and society.
Women in America, 1820–1842. This web site includes contemporary descriptions from eighteen, mostly foreign, travelers about the lives and place of women in American society with many comparisons to women’s experiences in Europe.