The Americans: The National Experience

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 7, 2010 - History - 528 pages
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Explores problems of community and the search for a national identity. Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize.


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Daniel Boorstin gave us a great history book when he wrote 'The Americans'. In it he tells of the major initial settlements in the American colonies, 'the Puritans of Massachusetts Bay', 'the Quakers ... Read full review

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Contents

New Englanders
3
The Sea Leads Everywhere
5
Ice for the Indies
10
Granite for a New Stone Age
16
Organizing the American Factory
20
A Circulating Current
26
A CommonLaw Way of Thinking
35
The Improving Spirit
43
The Booster College
152
Competitive Communities
161
Southerners White and Black
169
How the Planter Lost His Versatility
171
The Negroes Churches
190
How It Grew in Slavery
199
How Southern Gentlemen Became Honorbound
206
Metaphysical Politics
212

P A R T T W 0
49
Men Move in Groups
51
The Organizers
57
Community Before Government
65
Claim Clubs and Priority Rule
72
Vigilantism and Majority Rule
81
Leaving Things Behind
90
Getting There First
97
The Democracy of Haste
107
Boosters I13 16 The Businessman as an American Institution
115
The Booster Press
124
Palaces of the Public
134
The BalloonFrame House
148
BOOK TWO NATIONALITY
219
PART FIVE THE VAGUENESS OF THE LAND
221
Settlement Before Discovery
223
Packaging a Continent
241
Government as a Service Institution
249
Uncertain Boundaries
256
A Dubious Destiny
264
PART SIX AMERICAN WAYS OF TALKING
275
An Ungoverned Vocabulary
277
HalfTruth or HalfLie?
289
The Language of Anticipation
296
Names in Profusion and Confusion
299
A Declamatory Literature
307

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Daniel J. Boorstin, the former Librarian of Congress, is the author of "The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson "and is the editor of "An American Primer" and the series, "The Chicago History of American Civilization,"

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