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Wednesday’s Book Review: “School Book Nation: Conflicts over American History Textbooks from the Civil War to the Present”


School Book Nation: Conflicts over American History Textbooks from the Civil War to the Present. By Joseph Moreau. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2003. The premise of School Book Nation: Conflicts over American History Textbooks from the Civil War … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Christopher Lasch and “The Culture of Narcissism”


I remember how impressed I was when I first read The Culture of Narcissism: American Life in An Age of Diminishing Expectations (Norton, 1979) while in graduate school in the early 1980s. Although it is certainly dated, having just reread … Continue reading

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How Might We Renew the Promise of American Life?


I was struck while rereading Herbert Croly’s 1909 political manifesto, The Promise of American Life, about its continually important message.¬†Croly was a leading figure in the Progressive Movement of the first two decades of the twentieth century, a political philosopher, … Continue reading

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