By Gary R. Weaver;Adam Mendelson
Anything has occurred to the basic nature of yankee culture...a midlife crisis.Recently observers have famous a seismic shift some distance past basic cyclic alterations in tradition and traits in the US. Following September eleven, the U.S., now not convinced within the security of 2 enormous oceans, a robust army constitution and a dominant financial system, constructed guidelines and practices that exclude foreigners and appear to violate easy civil rights assured lower than the structure. After many years of the ebb and circulation of isolationism and expansionism, the united states took a inflexible new tack that hasn't been reversed yet.What's taking place in the USA? And extra importantly, why? America's Midlife situation examines the heritage and tradition of the rustic at a very important element in its improvement. From immigration to to international impression, this booklet captures the values, ideals and behaviors of an more and more advanced society that's suffering to carve out its position in a brand new international order.ContentsIntroduction1 American nationwide tradition: a question of tradition and History2 what's the American tradition and what's a customary American?3 Melting Pots to Mosaics: Race and Immigration4 From John Winthrop to John Wayne: Exceptionalism, Self-Reliance, and Cowboy Values5 do not simply Stand There, Do Something!6 American Civic Culture7 Prosperity at domestic, status in a foreign country: international Policy8 What Holds the United States jointly additionally Tears it Apart9 a countrywide Midlife concern? the place can we cross from Here?BibliographyIndex
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