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American Way : Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity

American Way : Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity - 03 edition

American Way : Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity - 03 edition

ISBN13: 9781932236231

ISBN10: 1932236236

American Way : Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity by Allan Carlson - ISBN 9781932236231
Edition: 03
Copyright: 2003
Publisher: ISI Books
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International: No
American Way : Family and Community in the Shaping of the American Identity by Allan Carlson - ISBN 9781932236231

ISBN13: 9781932236231

ISBN10: 1932236236

Edition: 03

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Summary

The "American Way," Allan Carlson's episodic history of the last century, shows how our nation's identity has been shaped by carefully constructed images of the American family and the American home. From the surprisingly radical measures put forth by Theodore Roosevelt to encourage stable, large families, to the unifying role of the image of the home in assimilating immigrants, to the "maternalist" activists who attempted to transform the New Deal and other social welfare programs into vehicles for shoring up traditional family life, Carlson convincingly demonstrates the widespread appeal exerted by the images of family and community. Carlson also shows how a family- and faith-centered discourse anchored Henry Luce's publishing enterprise and even American foreign policy during the Cold War.