Book — 1 online resource (xix, 315 pages) : illustrations Digital: data file.
I : Tracing unities
Hanging together : divergent unities in American history ; America in person : the evolution of national symbols ; Rediscovering the pragmatic American
Specialization in a democracy
II : Integrating diversity
Integrating America : the problem of assimilation at the turn of the century ; Immigration and American mythology ; Pluralistic integration as an American model ; Three postwar reconstructions
III : Turning points
From boundlessness to consolidation : the transformation of American culture, 1848-1860 ; America's utopian prophets ; Reorientation of American culture in the 1890s ; Long road to the New Deal
IV : Prospects
Multiculturalism and universalism : a history and critique ; Future of American history.
How has America, with its many ethnic, class, and ideological divisions, allowed divergent groups to "hang together" as Americans? In this book, a distinguished historian explores the ways in which Americans have conceived of a national identity and demonstrates that an appreciation of America's kaleidoscopic diversity can be reconciled with an affirmation of its common national culture. (source: Nielsen Book Data)