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By Lorinda B.R. Goodwin

ISBN-10: 0306461560

ISBN-13: 9780306461569

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This ebook employs historic archaeological proof to show how well mannered rituals reproduced the social and fabric global of trade in colonial Massachusetts. the writer situates artifacts in the social contexts descibed in modern letters and diaries and depicted in literature and paintings and demonstrates how the hot English retailers chosen and tailored modern British manners to create a brand new American kind of well mannered habit.

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Good Breeding shows itselfmost where ... ” (quoted in Wildeblood and Brinson 1965: 209) Not only did the newspapers comment on observed behavior but they also provided moral lessons that were attractive to upwardly mobile middle-class Whigs, who were largely proponents of trade. As the manners of this class were intimately tied to establishing and maintaining social networks to foster commerce, the lessons were eagerly absorbed. Women often owned and read works intended for men, but there were also courtesy books written specifically for the female audience.

Before the nineteenth century, most decorum books were imported, but there were also early examples of American writers producing books of American manners or adapting European versions. New York brought out the first books on manners printed in America (a reprint of Richard Lyngard’s Letters of Advice to a Young Gentleman Leaving the University [1696]). One of the first native American writers on manners was the Boston schoolmaster Eleazar Moody, who in 1715, published The School of Good Manners.

Elsewhere in Massachusetts, the paintings of the Freake family were executed in 1674. Cotton Mather published his Magnalia Christi Americana in 1702 and Samuel Sewall wrote his diary between 1674 and 1729. This period also reflects the time during which the Turner family held sway in Salem, an era of increasing influence and power of BritishAmerican merchants in the Atlantic trade, but is concluded before the emergence of those merchants in the Pacific trade in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.

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