The Americans: The National Experience

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 7, 2010 - History - 528 pages
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This second volume in "The Americans" trilogy deals with the crucial period of American history from the Revolution to the Civil War. Here we meet the people who shaped, and were shaped by, the American experience—the versatile New Englanders, the Transients and the Boosters.  Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize.

 

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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 was the author of The Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience; The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience) that won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize. In 1989, he received the National Book Award for lifetime contribution to literature. He was the director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, and for twelve years served as the Librarian of Congress. He died in 2004.

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