The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities
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.
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THE REFINEMENT OF AMERICA: Persons, Houses, CitiesUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A historical survey of the idea of gentility as expressed in architecture, furnishings, fashions, manners, and taste from about 1690-1850. Bushman (History/Columbia; co-editor, Uprooted Americans ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - WaxPoetic - LibraryThing
This is a book that was assigned in an Urban History class I took several years ago. I wasn't sure what to think of it at first, it read like a catalog of the linen closet of a stranger. But the ... Read full review