American Mythos

American Mythos

Why Our Best Efforts to Be A Better Nation Fall Short

eBook - 2006
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America was built on stories: tales of grateful immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, Horatio Alger-style transformations, self-made men, and the Protestant work ethic. In this new book, renowned sociologist Robert Wuthnow examines these most American of stories--narratives about individualism, immigration, success, religion, and ethnicity--through the eyes of recent immigrants. In doing so, he demonstrates how the "American mythos" has both legitimized American society and prevented it from fully realizing its ideals. This magisterial work is a reflection and meditation on the national conscio.
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, Ă2006
ISBN: 9781400827022
1400827027
069112504X
9780691125046
9780691138558
Characteristics: 1 online resource (viii, 288 pages)

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