These United States is also an unconventional portrait. It reveals a twenties that is neither "roaring" nor reactionary. In such articles as W.E.B. Du Bois's elegant investigation of Georgia and Zona Gale's paean to Wisconsin, it demonstrates the persistence of American progressivism long after many had pronounced its demise. Other essays depict ways of life in which the search for liberation is secondary to community solidarity and in which attachment to place does not lead to narrow parochialism. Overall, the articles disclose an American people whose local allegiances often counter the spread of a numbing homogeneity.