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The Expatriate Perspective: American Novelists and the Idea of America

The Expatriate Perspective: American Novelists and the Idea of America

  • Author: Harold T. McCarthy
  • Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press
  • ISBN: 9780838611500
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 244
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Assesses the attitudes toward America held by writers since the time of James Fenimore Cooper who have left the country to live in Europe.

The Woman and the Dynamo

The Woman and the Dynamo

Isabel Paterson and the Idea of America

  • Author: Stephen Cox
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351322745
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 418
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Novelist, columnist, cultural critic, political theorist-- Isabel Paterson was one of the most extraordinary personalities of the 1930s, renowned for her incisive wit and her unique interpretation of the American experience. The Woman and the Dynamo is the first biography of a woman who has long been a source of rumor and legend. From interviews, private papers, and her millions of published words, Stephen Cox weaves a narrative that brings Paterson vividly to life. A radical individualist in both theory and practice, Paterson spent her early life on the Western frontier, "lavished" two years on formal education, set a record for high-altitude flight, became a journalist by "accident," and made herself a fearless chronicler and conscience of New York literary life. At the same time, she made a permanent contribution to American political thought. Paterson identified the fundamental issues at stake in the crises of the twentieth century and responded with an original theory of history and political economy. In her view, the individual mind is the dynamo of history, working through the "long circuit" of institutions that maintain and enhance individual liberty; and America is the place where the advanced forms of those institutions were invented and are currently undergoing their severest trial. While other intellectuals derided the American ideal of progress and called for the restraint or abolition of the capitalist system, Paterson demanded a scrupulous application of the "engineering principles" on which American civilization had been built. The Woman and the Dynamo provides one of the few broad and detailed accounts of the origins of the American political Right, emphasizing the special role that women and imaginative writers played in its creation, and posing new questions about what it means to be "left" or "right," "liberal" or "conservative" in America. This will be compelling reading for those interested in twentieth century intellectual history, literature, and politics.

The Idea of America

The Idea of America

What It Was and How It Was Lost

  • Author: N.A
  • Publisher: Laissez Faire Books
  • ISBN: 098354140X
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What Does it mean to be an American?In The Idea of America: What IT Was and How It Was Lost, visionaries Pierre Lemieux and William Bonner tackle these timeless questions with a refreshingly unique approach. Lemieux and Bonner carefully chose each of the written works included in this striking anthology to spark imagination, thought, and debate. Readers are invited to reexamine long accepted notions of what America is and what it means to be an American.Each of the selections builds on the next, engaging readers in an exploration of concepts that are fundamental to our view of who we are. No stone is left unturned as subjects ranging from individual liberty to religion and self reliance are covered through the words of some of the most creative thinkers ever to put pen to paper. This newly-updated, arresting second edition contains one of the most unique mixes of works ever to be compiled. From the documents that gave birth to America - the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights - to the insightful reflections from the always delightful H.L. Mencken on the American character and Ralph Waldo Emerson's classic words on individual and religious self reliance. The Idea of America is a true celebration of the spirit that is America.

The Idea of America

The Idea of America

Reflections on the Birth of the United States

  • Author: Gordon S. Wood
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9781101515143
  • Category: History
  • Page: 400
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The preeminent historian of the American Revolution explains why it remains the most significant event in our history. More than almost any other nation in the world, the United States began as an idea. For this reason, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood believes that the American Revolution is the most important event in our history, bar none. Since American identity is so fluid and not based on any universally shared heritage, we have had to continually return to our nation's founding to understand who we are. In The Idea of America, Wood reflects on the birth of American nationhood and explains why the revolution remains so essential. In a series of elegant and illuminating essays, Wood explores the ideological origins of the revolution-from ancient Rome to the European Enlightenment-and the founders' attempts to forge an American democracy. As Wood reveals, while the founders hoped to create a virtuous republic of yeoman farmers and uninterested leaders, they instead gave birth to a sprawling, licentious, and materialistic popular democracy. Wood also traces the origins of American exceptionalism to this period, revealing how the revolutionary generation, despite living in a distant, sparsely populated country, believed itself to be the most enlightened people on earth. The revolution gave Americans their messianic sense of purpose-and perhaps our continued propensity to promote democracy around the world-because the founders believed their colonial rebellion had universal significance for oppressed peoples everywhere. Yet what may seem like audacity in retrospect reflected the fact that in the eighteenth century republicanism was a truly radical ideology-as radical as Marxism would be in the nineteenth-and one that indeed inspired revolutionaries the world over. Today there exists what Wood calls a terrifying gap between us and the founders, such that it requires almost an act of imagination to fully recapture their era. Because we now take our democracy for granted, it is nearly impossible for us to appreciate how deeply the founders feared their grand experiment in liberty could evolve into monarchy or dissolve into licentiousness. Gracefully written and filled with insight, The Idea of America helps us to recapture the fears and hopes of the revolutionary generation and its attempts to translate those ideals into a working democracy. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash Broadway musical Hamilton has sparked new interest in the Revolutionary War and the Founding Fathers. In addition to Alexander Hamilton, the production also features George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Aaron Burr, Lafayette, and many more. Look for Gordon's new book, Friends Divided.

The Idea of Fraternity in America

The Idea of Fraternity in America

  • Author: Wilson C. McWilliams
  • Publisher: Univ of California Press
  • ISBN: 9780520027725
  • Category: Brotherhoods
  • Page: 695
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The Idea of Latin America

The Idea of Latin America

  • Author: Walter D. Mignolo
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
  • ISBN: 1405150173
  • Category: History
  • Page: 224
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The Idea of Latin America is a geo-political manifesto which insists on the need to leave behind an idea which belonged to the nation-building mentality of nineteenth-century Europe. Charts the history of the concept of Latin America from its emergence in Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century through various permutations to the present day. Asks what is at stake in the survival of an idea which subdivides the Americas. Reinstates the indigenous peoples and migrations excluded by the image of a homogenous Latin America with defined borders. Insists on the pressing need to leave behind an idea which belonged to the nation-building mentality of nineteenth-century Europe.

Stanley Cavell, Literature, and Film

Stanley Cavell, Literature, and Film

The Idea of America

  • Author: Andrew Taylor,Áine Kelly
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 0415509645
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 247
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This is the first book to offer a thorough examination of the relationship that Stanley Cavell’s celebrated philosophical work has to the ways in which the United States has been imagined and articulated in its literature. Establishing the contours of Cavell’s most significant readings of American philosophical and cultural activity, the volume explores how his philosophy and the kind of reading it demands have an important relation to broader considerations of the American national imaginary. Focused, coherent, and original essays from a wide range of philosophers and critics consider how his investigations of Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, for example, represent a sustained engagement with the ways in which philosophy might provide us with new ways of thinking and of living. This is the first detailed and comprehensive treatment of "America" as a category of enquiry in Cavell’s writing, engaging with the terms of Cavell’s various configurations of the nation and offering readings of American texts that illustrate the possibilities that Cavell’s work has, in turn, for literary and film criticism. This study of the role played by philosophy in the articulation of the American self-imaginary highlights the ways in which the reading of literature, and the practice of philosophy, are conjoined in the ethical and political project of national self-definition.

The Idea of Race in Latin America, 1870-1940

The Idea of Race in Latin America, 1870-1940

  • Author: Richard Graham
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • ISBN: 0292788886
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 143
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From the mid-nineteenth century until the 1930s, many Latin American leaders faced a difficult dilemma regarding the idea of race. On the one hand, they aspired to an ever-closer connection to Europe and North America, where, during much of this period, "scientific" thought condemned nonwhite races to an inferior category. Yet, with the heterogeneous racial makeup of their societies clearly before them and a growing sense of national identity impelling consideration of national futures, Latin American leaders hesitated. What to do? Whom to believe? Latin American political and intellectual leaders' sometimes anguished responses to these dilemmas form the subject of The Idea of Race in Latin America. Thomas Skidmore, Aline Helg, and Alan Knight have each contributed chapters that succinctly explore various aspects of the story in Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Mexico. While keenly alert to the social and economic differences that distinguish one Latin American society from another, each author has also addressed common issues that Richard Graham ably draws together in a brief introduction. Written in a style that will make it accessible to the undergraduate, this book will appeal as well to the sophisticated scholar.

The Idea of America

The Idea of America

How Values Shaped Our Republic and Hold the Key to Our Future

  • Author: H. Michael Hartoonian,Richard D. Van Scotter,William Edward White
  • Publisher: Colonial Williamsburg
  • ISBN: 0879352604
  • Category: History
  • Page: 173
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Debate keeps America vibrant. Debate over what course America should take. Debate over our shared, democratic values. Debate over the extent that our shared values influence public policy—and in which direction. Far from being a sign that our democratic republic is failing, this raucous, controversial, enduring debate—this Great Debate—indicates our republic is healthy. Americans continually seek, in the words of the Preamble to the Constitution, “to form a more perfect union.” Not everyone agrees on how best to do that—and that’s where civic and civil debate comes in. Americans have debated what course the nation should take since before there was a nation.

Redeemer Nation

Redeemer Nation

The Idea of America's Millennial Role

  • Author: Ernest Lee Tuveson
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226819211
  • Category: History
  • Page: 238
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Ernest Tuveson here shows that the idea of the redemptive mission which has motivated so much of the United States foreign policy is as old as the Republic itself. He traces the development of this element of the American heritage from its beginning as a literal interpretation of biblical prophecies. Pointing to the application of the millenarian ideal to successive stages of American history, notably apocalyptic events like the Civil War, Tuveson illustrates its pervasive cultural influences with examples from the writings of Jonathan Edwards, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Timothy Dwight, and Julia Ward Howe, among others.

The idea of authorship in America

The idea of authorship in America

democratic poetics from Franklin to Melville

  • Author: Kenneth Dauber
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 268
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Imagining a Great Republic

Imagining a Great Republic

Political Novels and the Idea of America

  • Author: Thomas E. Cronin
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 1538105721
  • Category: Political Science
  • Page: 468
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In the first comprehensive reading of dozens of American literary and social culture classics, Tom Cronin, one of America’s most astute students of the American political tradition, tells the story of the American political experiment through the eyes of forty major novelists, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Hunter S. Thompson. They have been moral and civic consciousness-raisers as we have navigated the zigs and zags, the successes and setbacks, and the slow awkward evolution of the American political experiment. Constitutional democracy, equal justice for all, the American Dream, and American Exceptionalism are all part of our country’s narrative. But, as Imagining a Great Republic explains, there has never been just a single American narrative—we have competing stories, just as we have competing American Dreams and competing ways of imagining a more perfect political union. Recognizing and understanding these competing values is a key part of being American. Cronin’s book explains how this is possible and why we should all be proud to be American.

The Idea of America

The Idea of America

a reassessment of the American experiment

  • Author: Center for the Study of Human Values at Tanglewood
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: History
  • Page: 230
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The World Next Door

The World Next Door

South Asian American Literature and the Idea of America

  • Author: Rajini Srikanth
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • ISBN: 9781592130818
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 296
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This book grows out of the question, "At this particular moment of tense geopolitics and inter-linked economies, what insights can South Asian American writing offer us about living in the world?" South Asian American literature, with its focus on the multiple geographies and histories of the global dispersal of South Asians, pulls back from a close-up view of the United States to reveal a wider landscape of many nations and peoples. South Asian American poets, novelists, and playwrights depict the nation as simultaneously discrete and entwined with the urgencies of places as diverse as Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Burma, Pakistan, and Trinidad. Drawing on the cosmopolitan sensibility of scholars like Anthony Appiah, Vinay Dharwadker, Martha Nussbaum, Bruce Robbins, and Amartya Sen, this book exhorts North American residents to envision connectedness with inhabitants of other lands. The world out there arrives next door.

The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776–1914

The American Experiment and the Idea of Democracy in British Culture, 1776–1914

  • Author: Dr Ella Dzelzainis,Dr Ruth Livesey
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1409473120
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 254
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In nineteenth-century Britain, the effects of democracy in America were seen to spread from Congress all the way down to the personal habits of its citizens. Bringing together political theorists, historians, and literary scholars, this volume explores the idea of American democracy in nineteenth-century Britain. The essays span the period from Independence to the First World War and trace an intellectual history of Anglo-American relations during that period. Leading scholars trace the hopes and fears inspired by the American model of democracy in the works of commentators, including Thomas Paine, Mary Wollstonecraft, Alexis de Tocqueville, Charles Dickens, John Stuart Mill, Richard Cobden, Charles Dilke, Matthew Arnold, Henry James and W. T. Stead. By examining the context of debates about American democracy and notions of ‘culture’, citizenship, and race, the collection sheds fresh light on well-documented moments of British political history, such as the Reform Acts, the Abolition of Slavery Act, and the Anti-Corn Law agitation. The volume also explores the ways in which British Liberalism was shaped by the American example and draws attention to the importance of print culture in furthering radical political dialogue between the two nations. As the comprehensive introduction makes clear, this collection makes an important contribution to transatlantic studies and our growing sense of a nineteenth-century modernity shaped by an Atlantic exchange. It is an essential reference point for all interested in the history of the idea of democracy, its political evolution, and its perceived cultural consequences.

How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art

How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art

  • Author: Serge Guilbaut
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN: 9780226310398
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 277
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Looks at the interrelationship between art and history, suggests why New York replaced Paris as the center of modern art, and discusses the ideology of American artists

The Strength of a People

The Strength of a People

The Idea of an Informed Citizenry in America, 1650-1870

  • Author: Richard D. Brown
  • Publisher: Univ of North Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 9780807846636
  • Category: History
  • Page: 252
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Thomas Jefferson's conviction that the health of the nation's democracy would depend on the existence of an informed citizenry has been a cornerstone of our political culture since the inception of the American republic. Even today's debates over educatio

Race, Trauma, and Home in the Novels of Toni Morrison

Race, Trauma, and Home in the Novels of Toni Morrison

  • Author: Thomas G. Dyer
  • Publisher: LSU Press
  • ISBN: 9780807118085
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 182
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The idea of perfectibility

The idea of perfectibility

  • Author: Virginia L. Muller
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of Amer
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Philosophy
  • Page: 221
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The concept of perfectibility in political thought has been the foundation for eminently liberal, highly individualistic, and empirically responsive political constructions. This volume attempts to restore conceptual luster to the currently clouded idea of perfectibility. The author shows that, far from being a meaningless slogan or irrelevant abstraction, the idea of perfectibility has vital meaning for political society.