At the turn of the nineteenth century, Newport was known as “the society center of America” – a resort where America’s wealthiest families built grand estates and engaged in elaborate displays of wealth. Newport also attracted a substantial number of upwardly mobile middle-class visitors and working-class hopefuls eager to participate, however briefly, in the American leisure experience. Class distinctions shaped the development of American resorts. In Newport these distinctions manifested themselves in various ways.
"Class and Leisure in Newport, 1870-1914,"
Newport History: Vol. 76
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol76/iss257/2