An Emotional History of the United States

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Professor of History and Provost Peter N Stearns, Peter N. Stearns, Jan Lewis
NYU Press, 1998 - 476 páginas

Emotions lie at our very core as human beings. How we process and grapple with our emotions, how and what we emote, and how we respond to the emotions of others, constitute the essence of our social universe. In a very real sense, we exist only through the prism of our emotions.
And yet the profound effect of human emotion on history, politics, religion, and culture, remains underexamined. While the influence of emotion in such realms as American foreign policy has been well-documented, other emotional aspects of American history have escaped notice. What role, for instance, does emotion have in the practice of African American religion? How do shame and self- hatred influence American conceptions of identity? How does our emotional life change as we age? To what degree is American consumerism driven by basic human emotion?
With this landmark anthology, historians Peter N. Stearns and Jan Lewis provide a road map of the American emotional landscape. From the emotional world of working-class Massachusetts to the prayers of evangelical and pentecostal women and the gendered nature of black rage, these essays provide a multicultural snapshot of the unique nature, and evolution, of American emotions.

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Introduction
1
Three Weddings and a Future
15
Class Gender and the Regulation of Emotional Expression
33
Narrating a Romantic
66
The Gender and Racial Politics of Mourning in Antebellum
91
The Emotional
109
White Supremacy and the Clash
126
Disaster Reporting and Emotional
155
American Catholics and the Discourse of Fear
259
Etiquette Books and Emotion Management in the Twentieth
283
Romance and Marital
305
The Problem of Modern Married Love for Middle
319
The New Man and Early TwentiethCentury Emotional
333
Another Self? MiddleClass American Women and Their
357
Rural and Urban Womens Envy
377
New Targets for American
396

and Knowledge
173
Dimensions
197
The Vocabulary
218
Sacred Quartet Music and the Emotionology
241
Toward a Psychohistory of LateLife Emotionality
417
Contributors
461
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Peter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. Since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History. His numerous books include World History in Documents; American Behavioral History; and Anxious Parents.

Peter N. Stearns is Provost and University Professor at George Mason University. Since 1967, he has served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Social History. His numerous books include World History in Documents; American Behavioral History; and Anxious Parents.

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