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By Wilfred M McClay

ISBN-10: 1882926455

ISBN-13: 9781882926459

No state in sleek background has had a extra strong experience of its personal area of expertise than the us. but few americans comprehend the immensely assorted assets of that feel and the attention-grabbing debates that experience continuously swirled round our makes an attempt to outline the United States with larger precision. during this creation to the examine of yankee heritage, Wilfred M. McClay invitations us to adventure 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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America has never been sure how it is related to Europe, or whether or not it wants to be. From 1776 on, America has been forever declaring independence from Europe. One sees it in Emerson’s famous exhortation, at the end of his “American Scholar” address of 1837—the speech that Oliver Wendell Holmes called a “cultural declaration of independence”—that “we have listened too long to the courtly muses of Europe,” and it is time to find our own democratic voice. ” But those same intellectuals swooned over the European modernism of the celebrated Armory Show of 1913, and then hopped across the ocean to live the expatriate life, and complain, with Ernest Hemingway, about the “broad lawns and narrow minds” of their native land.

McClay stop searching for a broad, expansive, mythic way to define their national distinctiveness. They have been remarkably productive at this in the past. History • The First New Nation: America as the first consciously wrought modern nation • The Indispensable Nation: America as guarantor of world peace, stability, and freedom In addition to these formulations, there are other, somewhat more diffuse expressions of the national meaning. One of the most pervasive is the idea of America as an experiment.

McClay found emotions and the mingled thoughts and feelings that arise in us when we revisit one of the long-forgotten places of our childhood, or mark the gravestone of someone we have lost. Man is in love, said Yeats, and loves what vanishes. Such is the painful beauty of historical awareness. Our efforts to connect with the vanished past do not necessarily make us happier in any simple sense. But they make us more fully human, and more fully at home in the world, in time as well as space. We fail to honor our full humanity when we neglect them.

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