By Gail McDonald
This advent to American literature and tradition from 1900 to 1960 is prepared round 4 significant rules approximately the United States: that's it “big”, “new”, “rich”, and “free”.
- Illustrates the creative and social weather within the united states in this period.
- Juxtaposes dialogue of background, pop culture, literature and different artwork varieties in ways in which foster dialogue, wondering, and persisted learn.
- An appendix lists proper fundamental and secondary works, together with websites.
- An perfect complement to basic texts taught in American literature courses.
Chapter 1 enormous (pages 6–59):
Chapter 2 wealthy (pages 60–109):
Chapter three New (pages 110–164):
Chapter four loose (pages 165–210):
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Let us therefore boldly face the life of strife, resolute to do our duty well and manfully; resolute to 16 ALAC01 16 29/06/2006, 02:53PM BIG uphold righteousness by deed and by word; resolute to be both honest and brave, to serve high ideals, yet to use practical methods. Above all, let us shrink from no strife, moral or physical, within or without the nation . . 7 Expansion and domination are here packaged as energizing strategies. Physical exertion and resolute endeavor offer new purpose to citizens Roosevelt fears will become complacent, now that the frontier had closed, without a focus for their energies.
They are often also a measure of economic constraints, such as competition for jobs and housing or pressure on the nation’s infrastructures and services. Public policy for the first half of the twentieth century was largely directed at the goal of assimilation. Hence the popularity for many years of another foundational myth about America: the melting-pot. The phrase gained currency in 1908 thanks to The Melting Pot, a play by a Jewish immigrant named Israel Zangwill. Well before Leonard 20 ALAC01 20 29/06/2006, 02:53PM BIG Bernstein’s West Side Story, the play depicted a contemporary Romeo and Juliet, but this time with a happy ending made possible by the melting away of differences: America is God’s crucible, the great melting pot where all the races of Europe are melting and reforming.
Even when a philanthropist has unassailably good intentions, a project designed to encourage assimilation to a new culture will erode distinctive characteristics of the population it wishes to serve. Nutritionists in the decade from 1911 to 1921 devised healthful American eating plans, emphasizing vitamins (only recently discovered as a component of food) and borrowing largely from British cooking practices. Abundant spicing and garlic were frowned upon as interfering with healthful digestion.