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Inventing the "American Way" – The Politics of Consensus from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Inventing the "American Way": The Politics of Consensus from the New Deal to the Civil Rights Movement

Wendy Wall


For fifty years, scholars and popular commentators have portrayed the decades immediately following World War II as a time of unusually deep and well-grounded national unity, a period when postwar affluence and the Cold War combined to naturally produce a remarkable level of agreement about the nation’s core values. This book challenges that vision of inevitable consensus. Americans were united, it argues, not so much by identical beliefs, as by a shared conviction that a distinctive “American Way” existed and that reinforcing such common ground was essential to the future of the nation. This ... More

Keywords: American Way, national identity, consensus, interfaith, Freedom Train, fascism, communism, free enterprise, national unity, Depression, World War II, Cold War

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Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195329100
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195329100.001.0001


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Wendy Wall, author
Colgate University
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