American Chameleon: Individualism in Trans-national Context

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Richard O. Curry, Lawrence B. Goodheart
Kent State University Press, 1991 - History - 276 pages
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The concept of individualism that emerged in American society during the late 18th century has long defined America's social, political, and economic institutions. American Chameleon is the first historical work which addresses this concept and its multiple meanings, usages, and contradictions.

In this collection of 11 essays, individualism is placed in a comparative, trans-national context that differentiates the American national experience from its European cultural heritage. The authors analyze meanings and usages of individualism in Europe--particularly France, Germany, and Great Britain--in order to clarify those found in American society. Also examined are the limitations of the concept in relation to minority groups and women. A 19th-century perspective of individualism is the central focus of American Chameleon, but the final chapter adds a contemporary dimension. Editors and authors Richard Curry and Lawrence Goodheart herein offer scholars, students and interested citizens new interpretations and a deeper understanding of the past, present, and future of American society itself.

 

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Contents

Richard O Curry and Lawrence B Goodheart
1
Richard O Curry and Karl E Valois
20
Robert M Calhoon
44
Robert E Shalhope
66
Law and Politics in New York 17801860 James A Henretta
87
AntiInstitutionalism and Individualism in Abolitionist Thought Richard O Curry
107
The Difficult Path from Slavery to Freedom Loren Schweninger
121
The National Liberal Leagues Challenge to the Comstock Law Lawrence B Goodheart
133
Linda K Kerber
151
Yehoshua Arieli
167
The Crisis of Individualism in TwentiethCentury America Lawrence B Goodheart and Richard O Curry
188
Notes
213
Suggested Reading
255
Contributors
263
Index
265
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