Beyond the Revolution

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-02-23
  • Publisher: Basic Books
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From 1776, when Citizen Tom Paine declared, "The birthday of a new world is at hand," America was unique in world history. A nation suffused with the spirit of explorers, constantly replenished by immigrants, and informed by a continual influx of foreign ideas, it was the world's first truly cosmopolitan civilization.InBeyond the Revolution, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian William H. Goetzmann tells the story of America's greatest thinkers and creators, from Paine and Jefferson to Melville and William James, showing how they built upon and battled one another's ideas in the critical years between 1776 and 1900. An unprecedented work of intellectual history by a master historian, this book will be essential reading for anyone interested in the origins of our national culture.

Author Biography

William H. Goetzmann is Jack S. Blanton, Sr. Professor in History and American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. He taught American Intellectual History for fifty years at Yale and the University of Texas. His Explorations and Empire won both the Pulitzer Prize and Francis Parkman Award. He lives in Austin, Texas.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
World History is American History
Tom Paine's Visionp. 3
The Complex Road to an Independent Civilizationp. 9
A New Government and a New Culturep. 33
The Greater Enlightenment forms the National Consciousness
The Scottish Enlightenment and the Minds of Early Americap. 53
Nationalism and the Varieties of Capitalistic Experiencep. 71
Reform, New Religions, and Nativismp. 95
The Diffusion of Educationp. 113
The Writer and the Republicp. 133
Information creates the Romantic Consciousness
Americans Join the Second Great Age of Discoveryp. 165
I Am "Part or Parcel of God": The Romantic Search for the Selfp. 185
The Romantic Writer as Cosmopolitan Seerp. 209
The Symbolic Union: Consciousness Outruns Nationality
The Wild Jacksonian Agep. 245
The Imperial Mind: The West and the Future as Realityp. 265
The South and the Past as Realityp. 289
The Black Man as Intellectualp. 315
The Women's Warp. 337
Utopian Ideasp. 355
Battle Hymns: Abolition and/or Unionp. 371
Centennial Vistas, 1876: Toward the Twentieth Centuryp. 385
Author's Note on Bibliographyp. 401
Bibliographyp. 403
Acknowledgmentsp. 437
Indexp. 439
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