The American discovery of tradition, 1865-1942 /
Michael D. Clark.
Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2005.
ix, 268 p.
0807130419 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2005.
0807130419 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Introduction : bridging the Lethean stream -- Carrying the home outward : John Fiske and Anglo-American tradition -- Defense of the inner circle : Philip A. Bruce, Lyon G. Tyler, and Virginia tradition -- Tradition and transcendence : Ralph Adams Cram and the tradition of the Gothic -- The I and the we : Charles H. Cooley and the tradition of the sociologists -- Conclusion : sub specie aeternitatis.
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Appeared in Choice on 2006-01-01:
There is no question that the current vogue in academia is social/cultural history; however, much of the work that is produced is inherently flawed. Its most egregious flaw is that, rather than being an objective interpretation of the past, it is frequently used to validate popular contemporary ideology. For a historian of Clark's caliber, this work is a sizable disappointment; time and again the book falls into this very trap. At the onset of each chapter, the initial argument seems credible, yet as it unfolds, the narrative meanders and the cited evidence frequently fails to substantiate. To make his case, Clark (emer., Univ. of New Orleans) argues that the US move toward basic conservatism was wrought at the behest of a small cadre of individuals. This is a glaring inconsistency: if US society was manipulated into supporting a specific ideology, as Clark argues, then the supposed change that he contends occurred was not the culmination of social conditions or circumstances. It begs a question that is never answered: was this traditionalist movement wrought by sincere belief or popular gullibility? In short, this book is not an objective history but a personal vindication of a specific side of the contemporary political aisle. ^BSumming Up: Not recommended. M. J. C. Taylor Dickinson State University
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: Bridging the Lethean Streamp. 1
Carrying the Home Outward: John Fiske and Anglo-American Traditionp. 26
Defense of the Inner Circle: Philip A. Bruce, Lyon G. Tyler, and Virginia Traditionp. 66
Tradition and Transcendence: Ralph Adams Cram and the Tradition of the Gothicp. 116
The I and the We: Charles H. Cooley and the Tradition of the Sociologistsp. 162
Conclusion: Sub Specie Aeternitatisp. 216
Notesp. 227
Indexp. 263
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