The American Dream

The American Dream

From Reconstruction to Reagan

Book - 1996
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This volume begins in a period in which bitterness and revenge viedwith hope and a new ideal of liberty. The Reconstruction imposed bythe North upon the South is examined by the author from all pointsof view. He traces the steps by which the economy recovered and bywhich the USA emerged as the world's industrial giant. Factors asvarious as the anarchy of the Wild West and the gold rush, thecompletion of the railroad system, the maturing of the greatcenters of learning, the numerous manifestations of opportunity andstrength led to the formation of a distinct culture and to a newconsciousness of nationhood. They also gave birth, Professor Wrightargues, to the American Dream, an elusive idea of such force thatit informed much of the twentieth century in the USA and, asAmerican power became pre-eminent, influenced the world at large.After describing the key American involvement in the European,Pacific and Asian wars, and the development of culture, politics,and ideology at home, the author examines the dissipation of thatdream in the disillusion and corruption of the Reagan years.
Ironically, this was the time when the USA emerged as the world'ssole super-power. And the country remained - as it had been foralmost all its history - the ideal destination for the poor anddowntrodden of the world, a beacon of opportunity, hope and, aboveall, of liberty.
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass., USA : Blackwell, 1996
ISBN: 9781557865892
1557865892
Branch Call Number: 973 W948a
Characteristics: xix, 669 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm

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