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Atlantic families : lives and letters in the later eighteenth century / Sarah M.S. Pearsall

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Pearsall, Sarah M. S  Search this
Physical description:
x, 294 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Great Britain
United States
18th century
1. Fractured families: the perils and possibilities of Atlantic distance -- 2. Familiarity in life and letters -- 3. Sensibility in life and letters -- 4. Credit in life and letters -- 5. The repentant son and the unforgiving father: making a man of feeling, a man of credit -- 6. The farewell between husband and wife: the politics of family feeling -- 7. The old husband and the young wife: scandal, feeling, and distance
"The Atlantic represented a world of opportunity in the eighteenth century, but it represented division also, separating families across its coasts. Whether due to economic shifts, changing political landscapes, imperial ambitions, or even simply personal tragedy, many families found themselves fractured and disoriented by the growth and later fissure of a larger Atlantic world. Such dislocation posed considerable challenges to all individuals who viewed orderly family relations as both a general and a personal ideal." "Sarah Pearsall explores the lives and letters of these families, revealing the sometimes shocking stories of those divided by sea. Ranging across the Anglophone Atlantic, including mainland American colonies and states, Britain, and the British Caribbean, Pearsall argues that it was this expanding Atlantic world-much more than the American Revolution-that reshaped contemporary ideals about families, as much as families themselves reshaped the transatlantic world."--Jacket.
Families--History  Search this
English letters--History and criticism  Search this
American letters--History and criticism  Search this
Letter writing--History  Search this
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