Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy

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1.Barbarians Running Late
A marvelously informative account of the early years of the railroads is Sarah H. Gordon, Passage to Union: How the Railroads Transformed American Life, 1929-1929 ( Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 1996).
See, for example, the discussion of the views of European travelers to the United States in John F. Kasson, Rudeness and Civility: Manners in Nineteenth-Century Urban America ( New York: Hill & Wang, 1990), pp. 57-60, 219-22.
Quoted in St. Andrew George, The Descent of Manners. Etiquette, Rules and the Victorians ( London: Chatto & Windus, 1993), p. 165.
Gordon, Passage to Union, p. 247.
St. George, The Descent of Manners, p. 165. Although St. George is British, he made this comment specifically about the United States.
Quoted in "Man Skips Security, Jams Up Houston Airport," Austin American-Statesman, July 21, 1995, p. B3.
Quoted in "Late Passenger Grounds IAH Flights," Houston Chronicle, July 21, 1995, p. A29.
See Timothy Jay, Cursing in America: A Psycholinguistic Study of Dirty Language in the Courts, in the Movies, in the Schoolyards, and on the Streets ( Philadelphia: J. Benjamin, 1992).
See the FBI data reported in Jerry Seper, "Almost 8,000 Hate Crimes Reported Last Year, FBI Says," Washington Times, November 5, 1996, p. A4.
See, for example, Jennifer Steinhauer, "Whatever Happened to Service?" New York Times, March 4, 1997, p. D1. For an argu


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