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City of Women

Sex and Class in New York, 1789-1860

"Stansell brings nineteenth-century New York's working women out of the shadows. . . . A brilliant and original book."--Katha Pollitt

"Describing the specific moral and economic circumstances of individual female lives, Stansell makes vivid historical sense of what until now has been obscured by generalization, abstraction, and oversimplification."--Jean Strouse

"This is truly innovative and responsible social history."--Elaine Showalter

"A fascinating, subtly intelligent work of scholarship."--Barbara Ehrenreich

Christine Stansell, a member of the history department at Princeton University, is co-editor of Powers of Desire: The Politics of Sexuality.

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