THE AWAKENING OF AMERICA by V. F. Calverton

THE AWAKENING OF AMERICA

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A scholarly study of the forces and elements that went into the making of America, the seeds from which sprang the revolt and the struggle out of which democracy was born. He presents a good many upsetting theories and proves his points; he shows how the Judea-Christian and the Greek elements conquered Europe, how the Jewish philosophy dominated the Puritans of New England; how the Dissenters and not the Puritans won through to individual liberty, establishing the first groundwork of American political democracy; how the Indians gave more than they received, and how their brutalities were the offshoot of the treatment accorded them by the whites. He considers that Roger Williams typifies the American ideal of religious liberty, that political freedom grew out of individual independence. He traces the roles played by various communistic groups, he shows the survival of the slave psychology in modern life. He paints the philosophy of the frontier as a revolutionizing force. And he pleads the importance of achieving industrial democracy, in the period ahead. A book for college and public libraries.

Pub Date: Oct. 25th, 1939
ISBN: 1419119443
Publisher: John Day