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Gendered Accounts:
The Market and Households in Early National New England


Mary Beth Sievens

(AAS-NEH Long-term Fellow and Associate Professor of History State University of New York at Fredonia)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at 4:30 p.m.
Rare Book Room
Goddard Library
Clark University
Worcester, MA

PRÉCIS: Early American account books offer a window into both economic decision-making and human relationships. Using account books as a point of entry, this paper will explore how individuals within early nineteenth-century New England households responded to economic change and how these changes affected relations within households. By examining the different strategies household members employed as they organized and managed labor, as well as the ways that household members' consumer behaviors changed over time, this paper will consider how economic change affected household gender relations and how gender relations, in turn, helped shape the economic transformations of the early nineteenth century.


Refreshments will be provided after the paper, which will be followed by a dutch-treat dinner in Worcester. If you plan to attend, please notify Ann-Cathrine Rapp at AAS no later than Monday, November 30. Email her at arapp[at], or go to the calendar and electronic registration form.

The Society regrets that it is unable to make refunds after that date.

Reservations are suggested (and deeply appreciated) for attending the seminar. Reservations are required to attend the supper.