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A Brief History of Thrift$
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Alison Hulme

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526128836

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526128843

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Individualist thrift: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles and Victorian moralism

Individualist thrift: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles and Victorian moralism

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(p.35) 3 Individualist thrift: Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Smiles and Victorian moralism
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A Brief History of Thrift
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Alison Hulme

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7765/9781526128843.00010

Looks at the secularization of thrift through the influence of Benjamin Franklin, and his belief that one can work one’s way into heaven; in other words that salvation can be earned. Explores Victorian writers such as Wharton and Dickens, as well as Samuel Smiles and his emphasis on individual responsibility and self-improvement. Finally, compares today’s austerity policies and emphasis on household economia to Victorian thinking and the influence of Disraeli’s one-Nationism.

Keywords:   Benjamin Franklin, Edith Wharton, Respectability, Samuel Smiles, Victorian morality, Neo-Victorians, Household economia

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