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The Americanization of Sensibility

The Americanization of Sensibility

Chapter:
(p.393) Chapter 14 The Americanization of Sensibility
Source:
Abigail and John Adams
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226037448.003.0015

This chapter discusses the Americanization of sensibility in the formation of national identity and the significance of sensibility to the debates over race slavery. It analyzes the evidence left by the Adamses, and suggests that the culture of sensibility was further absorbed and adapted in the new republic and put to political use in the 1780s and 1790s. The chapter also describes the perpetuation and popularization of a sharply gendered sensibility into the nineteenth century's “culture of sentiment.”

Keywords:   sensibility, Americanization, national identity, race slavery, Adamses, culture of sentiment

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