Americans integrated the technologies of the Industrial Revolution into a new commercial economy. Steam power, the technology that moved steamboats and railroads, fueled the rise of American industry by powering mills and sparking new national transportation networks.
For those in the upper echelons of society, rules such as the proper forms of address, and even what to wear including which pieces of jewellery would be appropriate were all considered very important.
For the lower class, the poor, there wasn't time for etiquette. The Upper and Upper-Middle Class From the slightest burp social ruin if it was heard to how a gentleman spoke to a young lady, Victorian society was greatly concerned with every aspect of daily life.
From the moment the upper class left their beds, their days were governed by do's and don'ts. The horror of social ostracism was paramount. To be caught in the wrong fashion at the wrong time of day was as greatly to be feared as addressing a member of society by the wrong title.
It was important to know whom you could speak with - especially if you hadn't been properly introduced. For a woman, being asked to dance by a complete stranger could pose an etiquette problem which might have repercussions for days.
Young ladies were constantly chaperoned. To be found alone with a gentleman who was other than family was tantamount to social death. Her reputation would be ruined and her gentleman companion would find himself the object of gossip, and most usually derision. The established career for society women was marriage - full stop.
They were expected to represent their husbands with grace and provide absolutely no scandal. Charity work would be accepted, but only if it was very gentile Gentlemen had to keep track of when it was proper to either smoke or have a glass of sherry in front of ladies.
When to bow and to whom to tip your hat could cause gossip if the wrong decision was made. Members of Victorian society kept busy with parties, dances, visits, dressmakers, and tailors. Keeping track of what other people in your social class were doing was also a full-time occupation.
The People in the Middle Being a servant in one of the grand Victorian houses was a position which would guarantee shelter and food. However, there was etiquette to be learned. The upper class was never to be addressed unless it was absolutely necessary. If that was the case, as few words as possible were to be uttered.
Using the proper title was of the utmost importance. If "Ma'am" was seen, it was necessary that you 'disappear', turning to face the wall and avoiding eye contact.
Life was easier, though, amidst your fellow servants. Although private fraternization was frowned upon, it wasn't against the rules for those 'below stairs' to enjoy singing, dancing, and other social activities together.
Quite often the 'upper class' of the servant world, the butler and housekeeper, would put aside their lofty roles in the household and join their fellow servants in gaiety. But come the morning, they would reign supreme once again.
Having a profession was another way of being a member of the middle class of Victorian society. Shopkeepers, doctors, nurses, a schoolmaster, or parish priest were all notable professions.
Often times, the only difference between being a member of the upper-middle and the middle class was the amount of wealth you had gathered, and how it was flaunted.
Another indicator was the number of servants you employed. Having more than one servant was a sure sign that you had money. Sometimes, the 'uppers' and the 'middlers' would mingle.The society of the United States is based on Western culture, In contrast to upper-middle-class professionals who are mostly hired to conceptualize, During the U.S.
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African. English Victorian Society. by Kelsey Freeman Trafton Academy English Dec. 13, Both men and women had their own set of rules of etiquette. Upper and middle class men wore tights, a vest (or waistcoat, pronounced 'weskit'), a cutaway coat, and a shirt.
By the 's, the colors grew darker for coats and pants, and by the 60's the. Victorian Ideals: The Influence of Society’s Ideals on Victorian Relationships Felicia Appell. Abstract.
During the Victorian era, men and women searched for an ideal relationship based on the expectations of a demanding society. For the lower class, the poor, there wasn't time for etiquette. The Upper and Upper-Middle Class. From the slightest burp (social ruin if it was heard) to how a gentleman spoke to a young lady, Victorian society was greatly concerned with every aspect of daily life.
Artists' perspectives on middle class Parisian women in the 19th century Artists depicted middle class Parisian woman as being very elegant, calm, caring beings. Woman who were in the middle class were depicted very differently than the lower class or upper class woman during the s.
Educating women Women did, though, require a new kind of education to prepare them for this role of ‘Angel in the House’. Rather than attracting a husband through their domestic abilities, middle-class girls were coached in what were known as ‘accomplishments’.