Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860

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Anglo-Americans wrestled with some profound cultural contradictions as they shifted from the hierarchical and patriarchal society of the seventeenth-century frontier to the modern and fluid class democracy of the mid-nineteenth century. How could traditional inequality be maintained in thesocially leveling environment of the early colonial wilderness? And how could nineteenth-century Americans pretend to be equal in an increasingly unequal society? Bowing to Necessities argues that manners provided ritual solutions to these central cultural problems by allowing Americans to act out--and thus reinforce--power relations just as these relations underwent challenges. Analyzing the many sermons, child-rearing guides, advice books, and etiquettemanuals that taught Americans how to behave, this book connects these instructions to individual practices and personal concerns found in contemporary diaries and letters. It also illuminates crucial connections between evolving class, age, and gender relations. A social and cultural history with aunique and fascinating perspective, Hemphill's wide-ranging study offers readers a panorama of America's social customs from colonial times to the Civil War.

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Autor: C. Dallett Hemphill
ISBN-13 :: 9780195125573
ISBN: 0195125576
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.07.1999
Verlag: OXFORD UNIV PR
Gewicht: 626g
Seiten: 320
Sprache: Englisch
Auflage New
Sonstiges: Buch, 242x165x28 mm
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