The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities

Title

The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities

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Description

This lively and authoritative volume makes clear that the quest for taste and manners in America has been essential to the serious pursuit of a democratic culture. Spanning the material world from mansions and silverware to etiquette books, city planning, and sentimental novels, Richard L. Bushman shows how a set of values originating in aristocratic court culture gradually permeated almost every stratum of American society and served to prevent the hardening of class consciousness. A work of immense and richly nuanced learning, The Refinement of America newly illuminates every facet of both our artifacts and our values.

ISBN

9780679744146

Publication Date

1992

Publisher

Alfred A. Knopf, Inc.

City

New York

Keywords

American History, etiquette, class

Disciplines

Cultural History | Social History | United States History