Civility: Manners, Morals, and the Etiquette of Democracy

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1.Barbarians Running Late
1.
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).
2.
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.
3.
Quoted in St. Andrew George, The Descent of Manners. Etiquette, Rules and the Victorians ( London: Chatto & Windus, 1993), p. 165.
4.
Gordon, Passage to Union, p. 247.
5.
St. George, The Descent of Manners, p. 165. Although St. George is British, he made this comment specifically about the United States.
6.
Quoted in "Man Skips Security, Jams Up Houston Airport," Austin American-Statesman, July 21, 1995, p. B3.
7.
Quoted in "Late Passenger Grounds IAH Flights," Houston Chronicle, July 21, 1995, p. A29.
8.
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).
9.
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.
10.
See, for example, Jennifer Steinhauer, "Whatever Happened to Service?" New York Times, March 4, 1997, p. D1. For an argu-

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xi
  • I - The Collapse of the Three-Legged Stool 1
  • I - Barbarians Running Late 3
  • 2 - Do Manners Matter? 20
  • 3 - The Death of the Golden Age 38
  • 4 - Welcoming the Stranger 55
  • 5 - The Embarrassment of Free Will 76
  • 6 - Sacrifice and Neighbor-Love 96
  • II - Incivility's Instruments 113
  • 7 - The Demon on the Other Side 115
  • 8 - The Varieties of (not) Listening 132
  • 9 - Fighting Words 148
  • 10 167
  • II - Some Technologies of Incivility 186
  • 12 - Law, Tolerance, and Civility's Illusions 207
  • III - Civilizing the Twenty-First Century 227
  • 13 - Where Civility Begins 229
  • 14 - Uncivil Religion 249
  • 15 - Civility and the Challenge of Christendom 265
  • 16 - The Etiquette of Democracy 277
  • 17 - Coda: the Civility of Silence 287
  • Notes 293
  • Index 333
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