People of Plenty: Economic Abundance and the American Character / Edition 1

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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: 9780226676333
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1954
  • Series: Walgreen Foundation Lectures Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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


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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2003

    The Power of Surplus

    People of Plenty is the result of Historian David Potter's desire to better understand the American character through an analysis of our social, political, and economic experiences. Using sound research and powerful historical analysis, Potter forcefully argues that American freedom is more the result of massive product and food surpluses relatively to small populations, when compared to 2nd and 3rd world countries, than it is the blossom of liberal ideological thought. The first half of the book, which deal with Potter thoughts about the American character is somewhat interesting, but Potter's writings in the 2nd half of his history, about the 'institution' of advertising and 'surplus' as a powerful force in shaping the American character, are nothing short of brilliant.

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