American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

American Character: A History of the Epic Struggle Between Individual Liberty and the Common Good

by Colin Woodard

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ISBN-13: 9780525427896
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/15/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Colin Woodard, an award-winning writer and journalist, is currently the state and national affairs writer at the Portland Press Herald and Maine Sunday Telegram and received a 2012 George Polk Award for an investigative project he did for those papers. A longtime foreign correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, he has reported from more than fifty foreign countries and six continents. His work has appeared in dozens of publications, including The Economist, Smithsonian, The Washington Post, Politico, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The GuardianBloomberg View, and Washington Monthly. A graduate of Tufts University and the University of Chicago, he is the author of four previous books including American Nations and The Republic of Pirates.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Maintaining Freedom 1

Chapter 2 Two Paths to Tyranny 25

Chapter 3 The Rival Americas 57

Chapter 4 The Elite and the Masses (1607-1876) 85

Chapter 5 The Rise and Fall of Laissez-Faire (1877-1930) 111

Chapter 6 The Rise and Fall of National Liberalism (1933-1967) 147

Chapter 7 Dixie Takes Over (1968-2008) 183

Chapter 8 Rise of the Radicals (2008-) 223

Chapter 9 A Lasting Union 243

Acknowledgments and Suggested Reading 267

Notes 273

Index 294

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