Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America ed. by Brian P. Luskey and Wendy A. Woloson (review)

Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America ed. by Brian P.... REVIEWS � 417 and will likely stand as the definitive biography of Chang and Eng Bunker for years to come. Matthew Wittmann is the curator of the Harvard Theatre Collec- tion. He is the author of Circus and the City: New York, 1793–2010 (New Haven, CT, 2012), and presently is finishing a study of American entertainers who toured around the Pacific in the nineteenth century. Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth- Century America. Edited by Brian P. Luskey and Wendy A. Woloson. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Pp. 316. Cloth, $49.95.) Reviewed by Gautham Rao This exemplary collection of essays ‘‘illuminates’’ the importance of mar- kets ‘‘often labeled ‘marginal’ by contemporaries and historians’’ (3). Each author brings subtlety and refinement to topics that have eluded serious or sustained historical inquiry. They reveal how the legal, gen- dered, racial, and textual boundaries of nineteenth-century American capitalism were rife with liminality, conflict, and contortion. Indeed, beyond those boundaries, a bustling world of exchange would come to exist in the discourses, streets, flophouses, waterfronts, and auction houses that come to life in this volume. ‘‘This,’’ contend editors Brian P. Luskey and Wendy A. Woloson, ‘‘was capitalism’’ too (9). Luskey http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth-Century America ed. by Brian P. Luskey and Wendy A. Woloson (review)

Journal of the Early Republic, Volume 36 (2) – Jun 14, 2016

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REVIEWS � 417 and will likely stand as the definitive biography of Chang and Eng Bunker for years to come. Matthew Wittmann is the curator of the Harvard Theatre Collec- tion. He is the author of Circus and the City: New York, 1793–2010 (New Haven, CT, 2012), and presently is finishing a study of American entertainers who toured around the Pacific in the nineteenth century. Capitalism by Gaslight: Illuminating the Economy of Nineteenth- Century America. Edited by Brian P. Luskey and Wendy A. Woloson. (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. Pp. 316. Cloth, $49.95.) Reviewed by Gautham Rao This exemplary collection of essays ‘‘illuminates’’ the importance of mar- kets ‘‘often labeled ‘marginal’ by contemporaries and historians’’ (3). Each author brings subtlety and refinement to topics that have eluded serious or sustained historical inquiry. They reveal how the legal, gen- dered, racial, and textual boundaries of nineteenth-century American capitalism were rife with liminality, conflict, and contortion. Indeed, beyond those boundaries, a bustling world of exchange would come to exist in the discourses, streets, flophouses, waterfronts, and auction houses that come to life in this volume. ‘‘This,’’ contend editors Brian P. Luskey and Wendy A. Woloson, ‘‘was capitalism’’ too (9). Luskey

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