American History Through Literature 1870-1920, Volume 3 by Tom Quirk

By Tom Quirk

This A-Z, cross-referenced and illustrated identify offers a distinct evaluate of the interval following the Civil battle during the emergence of the us as an international energy on the finish of global conflict I. The set positive aspects greater than 250 survey entries. matters contain: political subject matters (Reform, Women's Suffrage); rules in context (Scientific Materialism, Darwinism); values (Assimilation, Success); society (Labor, Mass Marketing); genres (Science Fiction, struggle Writing); renowned leisure (Baseball, Boxing); publishing (Scribner's Magazine); works of literature and nonfiction ("Billy Budd," "The thought of the relaxation Class"); and masses extra. The research of quite a lot of classics in American literature, seen as cultural and ancient records, cultivates serious talents in interpreting texts from a variety of views, together with aesthetic, biographical, social, ancient, racial and gendered. in addition to its spouse name at the interval protecting 1820 to 1870, this set offers a finished evaluate of a key century in American ancient and literary reports.

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No! it is not that I belong to the past, but that the past belongs to me. America is the youngest of the nations, and inherits all that went before it in history. And I am the youngest of America’s children, and into my hands is given all her priceless heritage, to the last white star espied through the telescope, to the last great thought of the philosopher. Mine is the whole majestic past, and mine is the shining future. Antin, The Promised Land, p. 286. REINTERPRETING AMERICAN VALUES Antin suggests her story, and others like it, prove how the American commitment to freedom and equality is more than just words.

These professional discriminations between high and low culture coincided with similar trends in all avenues of art, from painting to music to theater. Because fiction was simultaneously popular and elite— as Lawrence Levine notes, much like nineteenth-century opera and Shakespearean drama—novels were read by large numbers of people, primarily made up of the new middle class in America as well as a much smaller cadre of the economically and socially privileged. ” “The new meanings,” notes Levine in his 1988 study Highbrow/ Lowbrow, “symbolized the consciousness that conceived of the fine, the worthy, and the beautiful as existing apart from ordinary society” (p.

If more recent assessments have been somewhat less unrestrained, in general the book has retained its reputation as an influential work of political philosophy and one that shaped the course of twentieth-century American liberalism. THE AUTHOR Herbert Croly was born on 23 January 1869 in New York City. His mother, Jane Cunningham Croly, who wrote under the name “Jennie June,” was a nationally known author on women’s topics and a pioneer in the creation of women’s clubs across the country. His father, David Goodman Croly, was a respected New York journalist, editor of the New York World, and a spirited evangelist in America for the positivist views of the French thinker Auguste Comte (1798–1857).

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