American culture is a rich and complex tapestry of colorful threads from at least five continents, and in recent decades increased immigration has meant that the pace of change is accelerating. It's time for us to get to know ourselves and really appreciate this rich, vast, and rapidly expanding culture.
This book explores the contributions of Hispanic, Black, Native American, Oriental, Jewish and other cultures to a nation where many people still focus on the influences of Christian, capitalist, and ethnically European (particularly British) heritage.
Written for a general audience, Tapestry explores the myths of American culture and reveals surprising cultural roots including the fact that American democracy and representative government were inspired more by Native American ways than by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
Capitalism has become an unchallenged idea, a cultural universal, and so dogmatic that coupled with Christianity it has become America's dominant religion. However, capitalism is a 19th-century concept created for the bygone industrial era. Now the system is showing decay. Unfortunately, America is an ethnocentric country whose jingoistic belief in its own exceptionalism may prevent needed change. American culture has been both inclusive and intolerant. Now it stands at a crossroad and must decide what road to take. Are we to enter a renaissance or a dark age?
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About the Author
A nationally recognized expert on American culture, race and class, Jerry Carrier has taught at universities and advised state and local governments, schools, and non profits on affordable housing, economic development and poverty issues.
Mr. Carrier has worked for over thirty years in community economic development and public administration, served as executive director of various nonprofits and has been city manager of several cities.
His columns on class, economics, poverty, and politics have been published in over a dozen newspapers and he has been a contributing writer to many nonprofit and government texts on these subjects. His last book, 'The Making of the Slave Class,' was published with Algora in 2010.
Jerry and his family live in Lakeville, Minnesota.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A lot more controversial than I thought, but an excellent read. I have a better feeling of who I am. A very good book that I will reread.