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Examines the cultural factors and political schisms of 20th-century American nationalism. This work also discusses the Perot phenomenon, the presidential campaign and the influence of Pat Buchanan, the impact of free trade agreements, the film industry of the 1930s, and a cast of characters and causes.
Hardcover, 296 pages
Published June 1st 1995 by Prometheus Books
(first published 1995)
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Sample quote: “Only when we restore to Americans their birthright--local self-government in prideful communities that respect the liberties of every dentist and Baptist and socialist and lesbian and hermit and auto parts dealer--will we remember what it means to be an American, first.”
In my view any book prefaced by Gore Vidal is worth checking out. A survey of mostly 'heartland' or 'Middle-American' writers, politicians, and other public notables of the old populist, isolationist bent: Hannibal Hamlin Garland, Senator Fulbright, et al. Kauffman writes well and fairly, although the pace is often too quick to adequately deepen one's understanding of obscure figures who once made an impact on the culture, if not a lasting one.