By Carol Zisowitz Stearns, Peter N. Stearns,

Book cover of Anger: The Struggle for Emotional Control in America's History

Book description

In this groundbreaking social history, Carol and Peter Stearns trace the two hundred-year development of anger, beginning with premodern colonial America. Drawing on diaries and popular advice literature of key periods, Anger deals with the everyday experiences of the family and workplace in its examination of our attempts to control…

Shepherd is reader supported. When you buy books, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Why read it?

1 author picked Anger as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Many historians before the Stearnses thought it would be good to study the emotions of the past, but this book on anger was the first to offer a rigorous and satisfying technique for doing so. By carefully researching the advice books offered to middle-class Americans in the nineteenth through twentieth centuries, the authors show how standards for emotional expression changed over time. Emotional standards are in fact key to understanding how different groups at different times evaluate their emotions, understand their uses, and feel their mental and physical impact.

From Barbara's list on the history of emotions.

Want books like Anger?

Our community of 10,000+ authors has personally recommended 100 books like Anger.

Browse books like Anger

5 book lists we think you will like!

Interested in emotions, Colonial America, and anger?

10,000+ authors have recommended their favorite books and what they love about them. Browse their picks for the best books about emotions, Colonial America, and anger.

Emotions Explore 142 books about emotions
Colonial America Explore 50 books about Colonial America
Anger Explore 10 books about anger