Making America: The Society & Culture of the United States
Luther S. Luedtke
UNC Press Books, 1992 - Social Science - 554 pages
In this richly interdisciplinary work twenty-eight of the nation's leading critics and scholars offer a comprehensive exploration of American society and culture. Each outstanding in his or her own field, the contributors address "America" from a diversit
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Americas Natural Landscapes
From Immigration to Acculturation
The Frontier Family Dislocation and the American Experience
A Consonance of Towns
Cultural Regions of America
EXPRESSIONS OF AMERICAN CULTURE
Continuity and Change in American Family Life
Women and American Society
The Making of Black America
Status and Social Class in America
The American System of Education
VARIETIES OF AMERICAN THOUGHT
Religion in America
Exploration and the a Culture of Science The Long Goodbye of the Twentieth Century
The Artlessness of American Culture
A New Architecture Yet Old
Creating a National Literature
Literature and Values The American Crusoe and the Idea of the West
Entertainment and the Mass Media
Sports and American Culture
SOCIETY AND VALUES
Individualism and Equality in the United States
Civil Disobedience in American Political Thought
The Courts and the Law
Gender and Equality in the American Experience
Reform and Social Change
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Page 5 - I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen...
Page 38 - That coarseness and strength combined with acuteness and inquisitiveness, that practical, inventive turn of mind, quick to find expedients, that masterful grasp of material things, lacking in the artistic but powerful to effect great ends, that restless, nervous energy," that dominant individualism, working for good and for evil, and withal that buoyancy and exuberance which comes with freedom, these are traits of the frontier, or traits called out elsewhere because of the existence of the frontier.
Page 37 - Stand at Cumberland Gap and watch the procession of civilization, marching single file — the buffalo following the trail to the salt springs, the Indian, the fur-trader and hunter, the cattle-raiser, the pioneer farmer — and the frontier has passed by. Stand at South Pass in the Rockies a century later and see the same procession with wider intervals between.
Page 39 - Passage to India! Lo, soul, seest thou not God's purpose from the first? The earth to be spann'd, connected by network, The races, neighbors, to marry and be given in marriage, The oceans to be cross'd, the distant brought near, The lands to be welded together.
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