Living Ideas in America

Living Ideas in America

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  • Paperback | 876 pages
  • 140 x 220mm
  • Joanna Cotler Books
  • United States
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 006090111X
  • 9780060901110

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Important reading in these days in which our concept of Americanism is undergoing some rational and irrational bruiting about, in this fine anthology complied with commentary by the popular historian, critic and commentator. Selections from Americans past and present - professional essayists, journalists, novelists; statesmen and Presidents; official documents and Congressional debates - are grouped to serve as a primer in American ideals and methods of solving problems, dealing with the new and adapting the old. Part I examines the people, their character and variety, and the land itself; Part II - the most voluminous section - treats American principles, traditions and institutions - the fundamentals of our political system; the machinery of government; the concept of democracy; the relation between state and nation; the debate concerning the "welfare state"; liberty and order; change and reform; the relation between church and state; schools and society: Part III includes views on America's role in peace and war, as a world power. In addition to inclusions from Mr. Commager's own writings there is a well-balanced group of selections - from Bradford to Lilienthal, de Crevecoeur to Benet, Mark Twain, Webster, Lincoln, F.D.R., Mencken, etc. Throughout the emphasis is placed on vitality of idea as well as an implied organic definition of Americanism to which a free and healthy scepticism, freedom of expression and intelligent protest are essential. Anthology plus American market. (Kirkus Reviews)
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