People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character [NOOK Book]

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America has long been famous as a land of plenty, but we seldom realize how much the American people are a people of plenty—a people whose distinctive character has been shaped by economic abundance. In this important book, David M. Potter breaks new ground both in the study of this phenomenon and in his approach to the question of national character. He brings a fresh historical perspective to bear on the vital work done in this field by ...
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People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character

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Overview

America has long been famous as a land of plenty, but we seldom realize how much the American people are a people of plenty—a people whose distinctive character has been shaped by economic abundance. In this important book, David M. Potter breaks new ground both in the study of this phenomenon and in his approach to the question of national character. He brings a fresh historical perspective to bear on the vital work done in this field by anthropologists, social psychologists, and psychoanalysts.

"The rejection of hindsight, with the insistence on trying to see events from the point of view of the participants, was a governing theme with Potter. . . . This sounds like a truism. Watching him apply it however, is a revelation."—Walter Clemons, Newsweek

"The best short book on national character I have seen . . . broadly based, closely reasoned, and lucidly written."—Karl W. Deutsch, Yale Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226676319
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2009
  • Series: Walgreen Foundation Lectures
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 248
  • File size: 792 KB

Meet the Author

David M. Potter (1910-1971) was a professor of history at Yale University and, at the time of his death, Coe Professor of American History at Stanford University.
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Table of Contents



Table of Contents

PART I.
THE STUDY OF NATIONAL CHARACTER

I.
The Historians and National Character


II.
The Behavioral Scientists and National Character



PART II.
ABUNDANCE AND THE SHAPING OF AMERICAN CHARACTER

Introduction to Part II


III.
The Nature of American Abundance


IV.
Abundance, Mobility, and Status


V.
Democracy and Abundance


VI.
Abundance and the Mission of America


VII.
Abundance and the Frontier Hypothesis


VIII.
The Institution of Abundance: Advertising


IX.
Abundance and the Formation of Character



INDEX

Index


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