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The Resource The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief, George M. Marsden

The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief, George M. Marsden

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The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief
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The twilight of the American enlightenment
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the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief
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George M. Marsden
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eng
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"In The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, Bancroft Prize-winning historian George Marsden examines the faltering attempts by the country's brightest minds to establish a new national identity and purpose for postwar America, and explains how their efforts--and eventual failure--helped to shape the society we live in today. As Marsden shows, the nation's challenges heavily influenced political debates and American art during the 1950s. Playwrights and novelists in particular reflected on the simultaneous conformity and alienation of modern man, with authors such as Dwight MacDonald and James Baldwin lamenting the new "mass man," whom mass media had robbed of all individualism. So too did sociologists Erich Fromm and David Riesman, whose idea of a "lonely crowd" seemed to sum up the inauthenticity of mainstream America. Political philosophers including Walter Lippmann, meanwhile, feared that the pragmatism of thinkers such as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and Daniel Bell--who rejected wholesale ideologies in favor of a relativistic, selective politics--had left the nation directionless at a crucial moment in American history"--
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An award-winning historian and author of Fundamentalism and American Culture demonstrates how America's post-World War II secular elite were unable to articulate a comprehensive and coherent direction for the country, causing them to forfeit leadership to a radical new generation of Christian thinkers
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10277395
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973.91
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index present
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non fiction
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adult
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the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief
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The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief, George M. Marsden
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Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: The national purpose -- Mass media and the national character -- Freedom in the lonely crowd -- Enlightenment's end?: building without foundations -- The problem of authority: the two masters -- The latter days of the Protestant establishment -- Sequel: consensus becomes a fighting word -- Conclusion: Toward a more inclusive pluralism
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22 cm
Extent
xxxix, 219 pages
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9780465030101
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(hb)
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2013032100
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(OCoLC)861966381
Label
The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief, George M. Marsden
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
Prologue: The national purpose -- Mass media and the national character -- Freedom in the lonely crowd -- Enlightenment's end?: building without foundations -- The problem of authority: the two masters -- The latter days of the Protestant establishment -- Sequel: consensus becomes a fighting word -- Conclusion: Toward a more inclusive pluralism
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxxix, 219 pages
Isbn
9780465030101
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2013032100
System control number
(OCoLC)861966381

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