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Do we now have the materials for an integrated cultural history of the American colonies? Or to pose a more difficult question, can we realistically expect to compose an ordered history from the thousands of existing studies of chairs, folk songs, farm tools, poems, flags, election rituals, games, diet, costume, festivals, gravestones, pottery, and so on? Restricting the definition of culture to the older idea oft eh arts and manners of the cultivated classes does not case the task appreciably. The scholarly work on high style seems hopelessly diverse and unconnected. The academy divides the study of high culture among departments of art history, literature, music, history, and others, each with its own canons of evidence and significance, and they are only part of the story.
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Bushman, Richard L. "American High-Style and Vernacular Cultures." Colonial British America: Essays in the New History of the Early Modern Era. Ed. Jack P. Greene and J. R. Pole. pp. 345-383.