By Tom Quirk
This A-Z, cross-referenced and illustrated name offers a special evaluate of the interval following the Civil struggle in the course of the emergence of the U.S. as a global energy on the finish of worldwide struggle I. The set gains greater than 250 survey entries. topics contain: political themes (Reform, Women's Suffrage); principles 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 rest Class"); and masses extra. The research of quite a lot of classics in American literature, seen as cultural and historic records, cultivates severe talents in studying texts from a variety of views, together with aesthetic, biographical, social, ancient, racial and gendered. in addition to its better half identify at the interval protecting 1820 to 1870, this set presents a entire review of a key century in American ancient and literary reviews.
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H I S T O R Y T H R O U G H L I T E R A T U R E , 1 8 7 0 – 1 9 2 0 PSEUDOSCIENCE Abrams devised all sorts of diagnostic machines, including the Dynamizer, the Biodynamometer, and the Reflexophone. Another diagnostic machine, the Omnipotent Oscilloclast, could determine from one drop of blood, Abrams claimed, not only a person’s disease but also his or her religious affiliation. Although some pseudoscience of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century can be traced to the ingenuities of con artists like Abrams, most pseudoscience of the period arose under much more complex circumstances.
The second inheritance from early American history was an iconic individual, who came to symbolize America: the western democrat. This “typical” and emblematic American possessed some commendable traits: energetic individualism, admirable informality and neighborliness, practicality. Yet this western democrat was also devoted almost exclusively to furthering private economic interests; was suspicious of expertise, specialization, and excellence; and had a very limited sense of the community’s needs or of personal responsibilities to the larger society.
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. She frequently refers to the awe with which she holds the Declaration of Independence because it applies not only to 1776 but to those like herself who revolt against their life’s circumstances and choose to embrace America. Praising the public school as a version of the declaration come to life, she tells her audience that “you born Americans” should be happy to hear her story because “it is the story of the growth of your country; of the flocking of your brothers and sister from the far ends of the earth to the flag you love” (p.