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By Wilfred M McClay

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No state in smooth historical past has had a extra strong experience of its personal strong point than the USA. but few american citizens comprehend the immensely diverse resources of that feel and the attention-grabbing debates that experience continually swirled round our makes an attempt to outline the United States with better precision. during this creation to the research of yankee historical past, Wilfred M. McClay invitations us to adventure the perennial freshness and power of this nice topic as he explores the various enduring commitments and chronic tensions that experience made the US what it truly is. writer: Wifred M. McClayPages: ninety six, PaperbackPublisher: Christendom PressISBN: 1-882926-45-5

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How and why did the republican values of the Founding generation give way to the entrepreneurial liberal capitalism of the nineteenth century, and then to the corporate capitalism of the twentieth? How did the implementation of an industrial system of production, in tandem with the establishment of national networks of distribution, change the character of American society, the structure of organizational life, and the texture of work itself? What are the pluses and minuses entailed in each of these changes?

The Declaration of Independence speaks not only of the equality of men, but of the “pursuit of happiness” as an inalienable human right; and no modern nation has done more than the United States to enshrine that pursuit. To be sure, we are all too aware of the dismal effects of such pursuit in an era of mass-cultural mendacity and mindless hedonism. But those untoward effects should not blind us to liberty’s very considerable virtues. Modern America has become a mecca for the most talented and enterprising people in the world, entrepreneurs, athletes, computer wizards, inventors, and the like, men and women who have come to the United States because they find in it an absence of barriers, and an abundance of incentives, to high achievement.

Americans can look to a real Washington and Madison, rather than a legendary Romulus and Remus, as their forebears. Historians, of course, differ about the meaning of the nation’s beginnings. Was the establishment of the nation’s new constitutional regime really such a dramatic and architectonic moment as the term “founding” implies? Or was it merely a codification into basic law of the shape of an American nation that already existed, and had already been formed decisively by the living legacy of centuries of English law and institutions?

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