Public Program - Steven C. Bullock

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 7:00pm

Politeness and Public Life in Early America -- and Today

by Steven C. Bullock

Even as eighteenth-century thinkers from John Locke to Thomas Jefferson struggled to find effective means to restrain power, contemporary discussions of society gave increasing attention to ideals of refinement, moderation, and polished self-presentation. These two sets of ideas have long seemed separate, one dignified as political theory, the other primarily concerned with manners and material culture. Drawing from his recent book Tea Sets and Tyranny, Bullock will examine politeness and its role in public life in early America.

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