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American Tensions: Literature of Identity and the Search for Social Justice

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This stunning anthology features literary artists in America's social justice arena from 1980 on. Selected fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction challenge the myth of a classless democracy, redefine the family, deconstruct American notions of race and patriotism, and track the growth of environmental awareness within the American psyche. The collection draws connections ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 26th 2011 by New Village Press (first published April 1st 2011)
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L.J.
Aug 16, 2011 rated it liked it
American Tensions, edited by William Reichard

In his 1782 "Letters from an American Farmer," Jean de Crevcoeur, a French-American writer who immigrated in 1755, wrote that, "[in America] individuals of all nations are melted into a new race of men, whose labours and posterity will one day cause great changes in the world."

The seductive simplicity of this idea caught on. Other writers latched onto the vision of American identity as the result of a great melting pot. In 1875, Titus Munson Coan wrot
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Shelves: poetry
Currently teaching this anthology in my Writing for Social Change class.
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