Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America

John F. Kasson

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Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America

Rudeness and Civility Manners in Nineteenth Century Urban America With keen insight and subtle humor John F Kasson explores the history and politics of etiquette from America s colonial times through the nineteenth century He describes the transformation of our not

  • Title: Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America
  • Author: John F. Kasson
  • ISBN: 9780374522995
  • Page: 271
  • Format: Paperback
  • With keen insight and subtle humor, John F Kasson explores the history and politics of etiquette from America s colonial times through the nineteenth century He describes the transformation of our notion of gentility, once considered a birthright to some, and the development of etiquette as a middle class response to the new urban and industrial economy and to the exceWith keen insight and subtle humor, John F Kasson explores the history and politics of etiquette from America s colonial times through the nineteenth century He describes the transformation of our notion of gentility, once considered a birthright to some, and the development of etiquette as a middle class response to the new urban and industrial economy and to the excesses of democratic society.

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    1. Sara on said:

      So, I'm FINALLY done with this book. It was long, the print was tiny, and the sentences were such that any miniscule distraction meant you had to start the paragraph over again. Sometimes I spent my whole lunch break on two pages.For these reasons, the book was equal parts fascinating and frustrating. I'm all for interesting nonfiction, but isn't there some line to walk on the entertaining side of scholarly? Here's a typical sentence: "The economic and social interests of many figures lay precis [...]

    2. David on said:

      Fascinating exploration of how Americans adapted to urban life in the 19th century - in order to live closely together in this strange new environment people had to develop an entire set of behaviors that would allow them to interact with one another while at the same time maintaining some sense of control over who they were perceived to be by the public and the influence the public would have over an individual's identity. The elaborate framework of good manners and proper behavior that became [...]

    3. Janice on said:

      I read this for a class in college but was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Full of fun stories about the development of manners in the US. It wasn't that long ago that it was totally acceptable to eat w/your hands!

    4. Maria on said:

      I learned about the history of politics of etiquette from America's colonial times through the nineteenth century.

    5. Danielle on said:

      An interesting look into manners in 19th century America and it's evolution from British norms.

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