The Refinement of America: Persons, Houses, Cities

by Bushman, Richard Lyman
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ISBN: 9780679744146
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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.
  • Format: TradePaperback
  • Author: Bushman, Richard Lyman
  • ISBN: 9780679744146
  • Condition: Used
  • Dimensions: 8.00 x 1.00
  • Number Of Pages: 528
  • Publication Year: 1993

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