Bowing to Necessities

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

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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. Bowing To Necessities is the chronologically most wide-ranging study, covering the long period of 1620 to 1860, of its kind. Working through two centuries of conduct literature, Professor Hemphill provides a wonderful retelling of American history to the Civil War, illuminating crucial connections between evolving class, gender, and age relations along the way.
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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 164.6 x 242.1 x 27.9mm | 686.75g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1 table
  • 0195125576
  • 9780195125573

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Hemphill's keen sensitivity to the ways in which the code of manners changed over time and varied with class, age, and gender enables her to detect innovations that signal real social and cultural shifts. Her findings shed considerable light on current debates among historians * American Historical Review * Hemphill makes important and original contributions to debates on our understandings of the workings of class and gender in America * American Historical Review *
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About C.Dallett Hemphill

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