A Season of Youth: The American Revolution and the Historical Imagination
"Michael Kammen is an historian of culture, and his expertise goes much wider than the politics, the diplomatics, the economics, and even the sociologies that preoccupy the ordinary historian. In particular, he knows far more than he has any right to know about the literature that had grown in... show more
"Michael Kammen is an historian of culture, and his expertise goes much wider than the politics, the diplomatics, the economics, and even the sociologies that preoccupy the ordinary historian. In particular, he knows far more than he has any right to know about the literature that had grown in the revolutionary garden plot through more than two hundred years, and he is an acute analyst of the ways in which that literature reflects changing public attitudes and moralities . . .
"The result is an exhilarating discussion of the ambiguous relationships between traitor and patriot, revolutionary and loyalist, innovator and conservative, romantic natural goodness and a rational skepticism about the damned human race. His book is a thoughtful and informed and stimulating study. " —WALLACE STEGNER
What has the American Revolution meant to Americans during the two centuries since it began? In his new book, the distinguished historian Michael Kammen, author of the Pulitzer Price-winning People of Paradox, once again dispels the mists of cultural misunderstanding and national self-deception as he reveals to us how this, the most central event in out past, has been seen by those in the mainstream of our culture as well as by dissenting social critics. The result (as the advance praise above and on the back of the jacket attests) is a fresh and unprecedented contribution to American historical writing and to American self-knowledge.
To answer his crucial question about the meaning of the American Revolution, Professor Kammen has examined popular histories and biographies; contemporary orations, newspaper articles, and broadsides; historical novels from James Fenimore Cooper's
Publish date: 1978-10-28
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages no: 384
Edition language: English
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