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American Niceness

A Cultural History

  • Introduction: American Niceness and the Democratic Personality
  • 1. Indian Giving and the Dangers of Hospitality
  • 2. Southern Niceness and the Slave’s Smile
  • 3. The Christology of Niceness
  • 4. Feminine Niceness
  • 5. The Likable Empire from Plymouth Rock to the Philippines
  • Notes
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

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