Degree Year

1975

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

History

Advisor(s)

Geoffrey Blodgett

Committee Member(s)

Stephen Cutler
David Rankin

Keywords

San Francisco, California, Nineteenth century, Mobility, United States

Abstract

This study will focus on social mobility in San Francisco in the late nineteenth century. The question I want to answer is, does the quantitative evidence available support the contention that nineteenth century America was a land in which a man was free to rise as far as his talents could carry him? More specifically, I will closely examine a representative sample of 1009 San Francisco, residents. I gathered this sample from the Federal manuscript census of 1870, and then traced its members through San Francisco's city directories through 1890. In this way, I have sought to uncover meaningful patterns of geographic and occupational mobility.

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