By Wilfred M McClay
No country in sleek background has had a extra robust experience of its personal specialty than the USA. but few americans comprehend the immensely different resources of that feel and the attention-grabbing debates that experience continually swirled round our makes an attempt to outline the USA with larger precision. during this creation to the examine of yankee heritage, Wilfred M. McClay invitations us to event the perennial freshness and power of this nice topic as he explores a number of the enduring commitments and chronic tensions that experience made the USA what it really is. writer: Wifred M. McClayPages: ninety six, PaperbackPublisher: Christendom PressISBN: 1-882926-45-5
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But it also should serve constantly to interrupt the monologues of our self-awareness, and even at times serve as a jamming mechanism. It has to do both of these things, and it is not quite doing its job when it fails to do one or the other. History defamiliarization; not only knowledge of ourselves, but knowledge of that which is other than ourselves. That is why we do not study only American history, or only modern history, or only Western history. That, too, is why it is false to say that “my history is America’s history,” and why the false premise behind such a statement is such a pernicious one.
History to it, as an intelligent and workable way of dividing political responsibility and authority between and among levels and kinds of government, one that is far more flexible and compelling than we have given it credit for. Moreover, it is an idea whose potential applications suddenly seem far more numerous and fertile. S. Constitution looks better and better, and top-down centralization and the other alternatives less and less workable. The federative logic extends back to the imperial system of which the British North American colonies had been a part.
Immigration This is one of the greatest American themes, not only because the United States is largely a nation of immigrants, but because immigration is such a rich metaphor for the kind of personal transformation that American promises—or compels. It captures both what is wonderful and what is heartbreaking about the American experience. McClay of the Old World could be put aside. Heartbreaking, in that the price paid for pursuing such aspirations was often so high, not only in the broken and blasted lives of those who failed, but in the poignant loneliness of those who succeeded, only to see their children and grandchildren grow into full-fledged citizens of an alien country, with little or no inkling of a former life.
A Student's Guide to U.S. History (ISI Guides to the Major Disciplines) by Wilfred M McClay