The Americans; Volume II: The National Experience
New York: Random House, 1965. First Printing. Hardcover. v, , 517,  pages. Bibiographical notes. Index. Slight weakness to front board. DJ soiled, some wear and small tears along top & bottom DJ edges. Daniel Joseph Boorstin (October 1, 1914 – February 28, 2004) was an American historian at the University of Chicago who wrote on many topics in American and world history. He was appointed the twelfth Librarian of the United States Congress in 1975 and served until 1987. He was instrumental in the creation of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. Repudiating his youthful membership in the Communist Party while a Harvard undergraduate (1938–39), Boorstin became a political conservative and a prominent exponent of consensus history. He argued in The Genius of American Politics (1953) that ideology, propaganda, and political theory are foreign to America. His writings were often linked with such historians as Richard Hofstadter, Louis Hartz and Clinton Rossiter as a proponent of the "consensus school", which emphasized the unity of the American people and downplayed class and social conflict. Boorstin especially praised inventors and entrepreneurs as central to the American success story. The period of national self-discovery between the American Revolution and the Civil War. Explores problems of community and the search for a national identity. This second volume in "The Americans" trilogy deals with the crucial period of American history from the Revolution to the Civil War. Here we meet the people who shaped, and were shaped by, the American experience—the versatile New Englanders, the Transients and the Boosters. Winner of the Francis Parkman Prize. Condition: Good / Fair.
Keywords: United States, American Revolution, Civil War, New Englanders, Natural Law, Vigilantism, Negroes, Slavery, Settlement, Federalism, Secession, American language, Businessmen, Davy Crockett, Dueling, Geography, Nationality, Technology