The Americans : the national experience / by Daniel J. Boorstin.


New York : Random House, [1965] .

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Subjects Civilization.
EE. UU. -- Civilización, 1783 1865.
États-Unis -- Histoire -- 1783-1865.
États-Unis -- Vie intellectuelle -- 1783-1865.
National characteristics, American.
United States -- Civilization -- 1783-1865.
United States.
Description 517 pages ; 25 cm
Copyright Date [1965]
Notes Continuation of the author's The Americans: the colonial experience.
Includes "Bibliographical notes" (pages 433-495) and index.
Society of American Historians Francis Parkman Prize, 1966.
Summary Daniel J. Boorstin, one of America's great historians, focuses on American ingenuity and emergent nationalism in this middle book of the Americans trilogy, dealing with a period extending roughly from the Revolution to the Civil War. Like its two companion volumes, The National Experience is a sometimes quirky look at how certain patterns of living helped shape the character of the United States. The book simply overflows with ideas, all of them introduced in entertaining chapters on subjects such as the New England ice industry and the boomtowns of the Midwest. -- from http://www.amazon.ca (March 12, 2014).
Historical survey of America's self-discovery in the years between the Revolution and the Civil War.
Contents pt. 1. The versatiles: New Englanders. The sea leads everywhere -- Inventing resources: ice for the Indies -- Inventing resources: granite for a new stone age -- Organizing the American factory -- From skill to know-how: "a circulating current: -- A common-law way of thinking -- The improving spirit -- pt. 2. The transients: joiners. On the continent-ocean: men move in groups -- The organizers -- Community before government -- The natural law of transient communities: claim clubs and priority rule -- The natural law of transient communities: vigilantism and majority rule -- Leaving things behind -- Getting there first -- The democracy of haste -- pt. 3. The upstarts: boosters. The businessman as an American institution -- The booster press -- "Palaces of the public: -- The balloon-frame house -- Culture with many capitals: the booster college -- Competitive communities -- part 4. The rooted and the uprooted: Southerners, white and black. How the planter lost his versatility -- Indelible immigrants -- Invisible communities: the Negroes' churches -- The unwritten law: how it grew in slavery -- How Southern gentlemen became honor-bound -- Metaphysical politics -- part 5. The vagueness of the land. A half-known country: settlement before discovery -- Packaging a continent -- Government as a service institution -- Uncertain boundaries -- A dubious destiny -- part 6. American ways of talking. An ungoverned vocabulary -- Tall talk: half-truth or half-lie? -- Booster talk: the language of anticipation -- Names in profusion and confusion -- A declamatory literature -- part 7. Search for symbols. Heroes or clowns? Comic supermen from a subliterature -- They mythologizing of George Washington -- How local patriotism made national heroes -- The quest for a national past -- A festival of national purpose -- part 8. A spacious republic. The imperial vagueness: from sovereignty to federalism -- The federal vagueness: born in secession -- Quests for definition: constitutions of the United States -- Unionist ways from a secessionist tradition.
Geographic Area United States
Network Numbers (OCoLC)360759
(OCoLC)ocm00360759
WorldCat Search OCLC WorldCat
WorldCat Identities Boorstin, Daniel J. 1914-2004.
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