Bowing to Necessities
A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860
By (author) C.Dallett Hemphill
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Bowing to Necessities by C.Dallett Hemphill
Book DescriptionAnglo-Americans wrestled with some profound cultural contradictions as they shifted from the hierarchical and patriarchal society of the seventeenth-century frontier to the modern and fluid class democracy of the mid-nineteenth century. How could traditional inequality be maintained in the socially leveling environment of the early colonial wilderness? And how could nineteenth-century Americans pretend to be equal in an increasingly unequal society? Bowing to Necessities argues that manners provided ritual solutions to these central cultural problems by allowing Americans to act out-and thus reinforce-power relations just as these relations underwent challenges. Analysing the many sermons, child-rearing guides, advice books, and etiquette manuals that taught Americans how to behave, this book connects these instructions to individual practices and personal concerns found in contemporary diaries and letters. It also illuminates crucial connections between evolving class, age, and gender relations. A social and cultural history with a unique and fascinating perspective, Hemphill's wide-ranging study offers readers a panorama of America's social customs from colonial times to the Civil War.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195154085
(234mm x 154mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2002
Country of Publication: United States
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How men and women interact, the respect young show old, and old show young, and who doffs their hat to whom provides a telling window on American cultural history. This study works through two centuries of conduct literature, illuminating class, gender and age relations along the way.
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Author Biography - C.Dallett Hemphill
ABOUT THE AUTHOR C. Dallett Hemphill is Professor of History at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.
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