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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DarthDeverell - LibraryThing
In The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities, Richard L. Bushman “narrates the story of the changes [in refinement] in American society beginning around 1690 and continuing until gentility ... Read full review
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