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Gentry Gentry Presentation Transcript

  • Objectives
    • 1. In detail, describe the background of a typical gentry family in Colonial America.
    • 2. Name and describe the purposes for Washington’s rules of Civility.
    • 3. Compare the gentry class with today’s upper class.
  • The Leadership Class
    • The only class that had the power to make legal decisions and create policies.
  • The Professional Class
    • They were:
      • Merchants
      • Doctors
      • Lawyers
      • Ministers.
  • The Educated Class
    • They were the educated class.
      • Could read, write, and do math.
    • Other classes received little to no education at all.
    More on education to come Soon!
  • The Luxurious Class
    • They had the finest mansions, furniture, linens, and technology.
    • Their meals were often modeled after traditional English cooking.
      • Meats and sweets.
    • Owned horses & carriage.
  • Attire of the Gentry
    • They wore wigs, silk stalking, lace cuffs, and the latest in fashionable suits from London.
  • Banquette Attire
    • Colonial Dressing Game
    • Colonial Attire
    1709 2009
  • The Stuck-up Class
    • They almost always socialized with only their class.
    • They married within their class.
    • They were always seated at the front of the church.
  • The Class With Manners
    • They had the highest manners.
      • Washington's Rules of Civility
    • 2d When in company, put not your hands to any part of the body, not usually discovered.
    Washington’s Rules of Civility
  • Washington’s Rules of Civility
    • 5th If you cough, sneeze, sigh, or yawn, do it not loud but privately; and speak not in your yawning, but put your handkerchief or hand before your face and turn aside.
    • 18th Read no letters, books, or papers in company but when there is a necessity for the doing of it you must ask leave: come not near the books or writings of another so as to read them unless desired or give your opinion of them unasked also look not nigh when another is writing a letter.
    Washington’s Rules of Civility
  • Washington’s Rules of Civility
    • 74th When another speaks be attentive your self and disturb not the audience if any hesitate in his words help him not nor prompt him without desired, interrupt him not, nor answer him till his speech be ended.
    • 76th While you are talking, point not with your finger at him of whom you discourse nor approach too near him to whom you talk especially to his face.
    Washington’s Rules of Civility
  • 1709 vs. 2009 Skits
    • Everyone but one person in the group is from 2009.
    • One student is from 1709.
    • Create a situation / skit about your topic to act out.
    • Show us how the person from 1709 would react to your situation.
    • When finished read us your Gentry etiquette rule.
  • Poverty in America