Die Wiederkehr der Frauen



In der ersten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts begannen sich in den USA wie in Europa mit der zunehmenden Industrialisierung besonders seit der Wirtschaftskrise von 1837 die deutlich zerstörerischen Folgen der frühen kapitalistischen Euphorie durchzusetzen:

The great financial Panic of 1837 had shut banks, closed off credit, and caused many smaller farmers to lose their holdings. In the ensuing depression, which lasted into the 1840s, thousands of acres in (…) New England were abandoned or were sold off (…). A newly dispossessed rural population moved into the cities and factory towns, joining there with recently arrived European immigrants to form an underclass of urban poor.388


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