Great, smart book on early American tensions between urban and rural life,
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This review is from: Cultivating Gentlemen: Meaning of Country Life Among the Boston Elite, 1785-1860 (Hardcover)
A really clever study of how merchant elites in Boston at the end of the 18th century began to invest in the trappings of country life as a way of deflecting criticism of their wealth and social standing. The book discusses the earliest formations of agricultural societies in Massachusetts and how class, science, and the symbols of farming came together in them.
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