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Massachusetts Historical Society

  • Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02215 United States (map)

Politics of Taste

Program 2: Portrait of a Woman in Silk

Three authors will explore how the development of manners and taste in colonial America and the early republic were not just a statement of aesthetics but were also ways to define political identity and create shared affinities. This journey through the study of material culture with show how the politics of politeness helped define American thought.