What was a wealthy upscale Boston neighborhood in late 1800's?
The Back Bay. Was then, is now. The South End was actually built up as housing for the servants of Beacon Hill and Back Bay families. According to W. Firey in his 1947 Book, "Land Use in Central Boston" (Harvard U Press), The Social Register listed 1,922 households of which 1,519 were in the city and 403 in the suburbs (mainly Cambridge, Newton, and Brookline).
Of the 1,519 households in the city of Boston, 867 were in Back Bay, 280 were in Beacon Hill, and 56 in Jamaica Plain. By 1988 There were 2,732 households listed in the Boston Social Register but a mere 111 found in Back Bay and 128 in Beacon Hill. These numbers were eclipsed by Cambridge (209 Households), Chestnut Hill (153), Manchester (158), Dedham (143), and Brookline (132). Wellesley was close with 102 households in 1988. These statistics are from my book (Stephen R. Higley Ph.D.), "Privilege, Power, and Place: The Geography of the American Upper Class" published in 1995 by Rowman & Littlefield.
The food that people ate during the 1800s varied depending on where one lived, and how much money they had. The poor who did not have land for animals or gardens ate a lot of bread, and potatoes. Those with land ate other vegetables, eggs, and pork. Wealthy people ate puddings, cakes, a variety of vegetables, and a variety of meats.
I guess that they would have had the responsibility for the running of the house and the raising of the children. Wealthy people would have had maids and these women might have had more of a social life If they were free settlers, they might help with the farming (if the family was not wealthy). If they were poor or convicts, they might have worked in factories. There were probably some nurses and teachers. I…
Merchants were essential because Great Britain was leading in commercial power so merchants had the capital to invest in new enterprises. http://www.fresno.k12.ca.us/divdept/sscience/history/industrial_revolution.htm Also, "Most important of all, merchants in New England had capital--money for investment. The merchants of Boston and Providence had grown wealthy as American shipping thrived in the 1790s and early 1800s. Their capital was essential for developing needed machinery and building industries" (History Alive book).
Not typically. Before the 1700s, men wore high-heeled boots due to necessity and at some point in Europe, it was worn to show a man's wealth, for only the wealthy could afford them. However, this fad began to die out in the 1700s, mainly due to the French Revolution, where people began to not want to be associated with the rich. In the 1800s, high heels re-emerged mainly for women.
Slavery was reaching an all time high, so the people kept dying due to bad treatment, malnutrition, and fighting the slave drivers. The people also were very poor and health care was not very good at that time. Only the wealthy could affords Medical Care. Even the wealthy had issues with health because of the limited technology. So that's why they had a high death rate in the 1800s. After that people started stepping in…