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The Taming of the American Crowd: From Stamp Riots to Shopping Sprees
by Al Sandine
The history of the United States has been largely shaped, forbetter or for worse, by the actions of large groups of people. Rioters on a village green, shoppers lurching about a labyrinthine mall, slaves packed into the dark hold of a ship, strikers assemblingoutside the factory gates, all have their place in the rich and sometimes tragic history of the American crowd. Thi ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Monthly Review Press
(first published 2009)
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This is a history of the United States as told through crowds. U.S. history is full of large groups of people coming together. What they want, how they try to get it, and what they end up with all vary tremendously, but the spirit of the American Crowd can be a powerful force, for better or worse. I loved the writer's perspective and I don't believe history can be told with a single narrative. History is a jumbled mess created by forgetful, delusional, and confused people (aka Humanity). I alway ...more