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In Search of American Character

Ken Weber/The World & I 
Detail from Society Freed through Justice mural by George Biddle in the Department of Justice.

"We have…got no way of thinking about things." This assertion of uncertainty was addressed to John Steinbeck in the 1930s by a New England ...

American Character and the Organizational Man
Reading William H. Whyte, Jr.'s The Organization Man at the start of the 1990s is a trip back to an economically secure, more benign ...

Daniel Bell's Cultural Analysis: The Disorder of American Society
Finding and analyzing the American character use to be a European Preoccupation, from St. John de Crevecoeur in the late eighteenth ...

Freedom and Virtue: John Courtney Murray on the Truths We Hold
In its cover story of December 12, 1960, Time magazine used John Courtney Murray to symbolize the coming of age of American Catholicism. ...

The Culture of Narcissism Revisited
Thanks to Tom Wolfe and a whole pack of lesser journalists, the seventies had already come to be known as the "me decade" by the time The ...

Changing Styles of American Character: The Lonely Crowd Forty Years Later
By 1950 America was settling into the postwar world. The crises of the great Depression and World War II were behind us, and we were ...

Rugged Individualism: Frederick Jackson Turner and the Frontier Thesis
At a meeting of the World Congress of Historians held in Chicago in the summer of 1893, a young professor from the University Wisconsin ...

The Immigrant Experience and American Character: Margaret Mead's And Keep Your Powder Dry
Margaret Mead's And Keep Your Powder Dry, was published in 1943, in the middle of World War II. It is as much a book about the war, and ...

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