By Gary R. Weaver;Adam Mendelson
Whatever has occurred to the basic nature of yankee culture...a midlife crisis.Recently observers have famous a seismic shift a long way past basic cyclic alterations in tradition and developments in the USA. Following September eleven, the U.S., now not convinced within the safeguard of 2 tremendous oceans, a strong army constitution and a dominant economic climate, constructed rules and practices that exclude foreigners and appear to violate uncomplicated civil rights assured lower than the structure. After a long time of the ebb and circulate of isolationism and expansionism, the U.S. took a inflexible new tack that hasn't been reversed yet.What's taking place in the United States? And extra importantly, why? America's Midlife challenge examines the heritage and tradition of the rustic at a vital element in its improvement. From immigration to to global impact, this publication captures the values, ideals and behaviors of an more and more complicated society that's suffering to carve out its position in a brand new global 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 another country: overseas Policy8 What Holds the United States jointly additionally Tears it Apart9 a countrywide Midlife quandary? the place can we cross from Here?BibliographyIndex
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America's Midlife Crisis: The Future of a Troubled Superpower by Gary R. Weaver;Adam Mendelson