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American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War / Edition 1
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American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War / Edition 1

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by Neil Baldwin
 

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ISBN-10: 0312325444

ISBN-13: 9780312325442

Pub. Date: 07/11/2006

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

In The American Revelation, Neil Baldwin, one of our most exciting and provocative intellectual historians, applies his formidable energies to the story of how the American Spirit developed over four centuries, through an inspiring—and unsparing—examination of selected ideals that have helped inform our culture through the vivid personalities who

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In The American Revelation, Neil Baldwin, one of our most exciting and provocative intellectual historians, applies his formidable energies to the story of how the American Spirit developed over four centuries, through an inspiring—and unsparing—examination of selected ideals that have helped inform our culture through the vivid personalities who set the course.

Figures both familiar and forgotten illuminate this timely narrative of popular history that enlivens the current debate about America's proper role in a turbulent post-9/11 world. Though an ideal may have been forgotten, that does not mean it no longer has the power to move us and shape our future.

Exuberant and lively, The American Revelation will inspire all readers, regardless of their politics, to revisit and revalue our country's high-minded heritage.

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ISBN-13:
9780312325442
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
07/11/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
637,129
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Introduction,
1. City on a Hill John Winthrop, 1630,
2. Common Sense Thomas Paine, 1776,
3. E Pluribus Unum Pierre Eugène Du Simitière, 1776,
4. Self-Reliance Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1841,
5. Manifest Destiny John L. O'Sullivan, 1845,
6. Progress and Poverty Henry George, 1879,
7. The Sphere of Action Jane Addams, 1902,
8. The Melting-Pot Israel Zangwill, 1908,
9. The Negro in Our History Carter G. Woodson, 1922,
10. The Marshall Plan George C. Marshall, 1947,
Afterword: A Sense of History,
Acknowledgments,
Notes,
Bibliography,
Illustration Acknowledgments and Permissions,

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American Revelation: Ten Ideals That Shaped Our Country from the Puritans to the Cold War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The premise of these ten biographical essays is to concentrate on individuals who brought 'fundamental Americanism', values at a time in which our leaders prefer polarizing the people to consolidate power via the money mechanism needed for reelections. Readers may disagree on the choices (no presidents), which is part of the fun of this tome. For instance, this reviewer expected Lincoln as the influence of changing from state-centric to national-conscience, but instead he failed to make the cut and some that were selected I never heard of before. Historical buffs will enjoy reading about values of this country from the seventeenth century: John Winthrop eighteenth century: Thomas Paine and Pierre Eugene Du Simitiere nineteenth century: Ralph Waldo Emerson, John L. O'Sullivan, and Henry George twentieth century: Jane Addams, Israel Zangwill, Carter G. Woodson, and George C. Marshall. Written somewhat like the required reading of an American History 101 course, Neil Baldwin presents a fascinating concept supported by his chosen ones who he argues lived the American ideal of individual freedom and rights.------------- Harriet Klausner