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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Review: The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, CitiesUser Review - Jon Frum - Goodreads
I would have given this book 4.5 stars if I could. If you're interested in cultural rather than political history (generals and kings), this is a book for you. There are chapters that lean towards the ... Read full review
Review: The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, CitiesUser Review - Sarah - Goodreads
If you want to understand Jane Austen and her books better read this book. Read full review