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Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860

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Anglo-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. Analyzing 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.

Review:

"Hemphill succeeds in developing a one-dimensional source into a complex, shrewd story." Burton J. Bledstein, University of Illinois at Chicago

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"Hemphill provides important new insights about the origins of American manners and about the role of changing etiquette standards in forming social class and gender definitions." Peter Stearns, Carnegie Mellon University

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"[A]n expansive and brilliant history of early America in manners." Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania

About the Author

C. Dallett Hemphill is Professor of History at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I. Hierarchy: Manners in a Vertical Social Order, 1620-1740

Ch. 1. Manners for Gentlemen

Ch. 2. Manners Over Minors

Ch. 3. Manners Maketh Men

Part II. Revolution: An Opening of Possibilities, 1740-1820

Ch. 4. Middle Class Riding

Ch. 5. Youth Rising

Ch. 6. Women Rising

Part III. Resolution: Manners for Democrats, 1820-1860

Ch. 7. Manners for the Middle Class

Ch. 8. Manners for Adults

Ch. 9. Ladies First?

Conclusion

Table: Conduct Works: Author/Audience Statistics

Notes

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195154085
Author:
Hemphill, C. Dallett
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, C. Dallett
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
History, American | Cultural
Subject:
History, Ameri
Subject:
can | Cultural
Subject:
US History-General
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
figures, table
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9.2 x 6 x 0.8 in 1.01 lb

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