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Still, Smith’s insult resonated with a discomfort that many felt then, and that many modern scholars of American literature and arts have continued to feel, about American culture, especially regarding cultural production before 1850. Until as recently as the early 1970s, a large majority of critics of American literature and the arts shared Smith’s bias, and they formulated a variety of explanations that rationalized such cultural failure. One theory was that the early settlers had been too occupied with establishing farms, trades, and communities to find time for writing and the arts.
Such a hierarchical social structure was quite conducive to the establishment of the arts and literature in the South because the property owners thought of themselves as a kind of aristocracy who possessed the leisure and learning to cultivate the arts and letters. The fact that most of the propertied families in the southern colonies also were Anglican was an advantage for literature because, unlike in New England, there were no religious prohibitions against the creative imagination. As with Catholicism, the Church of England encouraged music and elements of performance as a normal part of spiritual expression.
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