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Discovering America : essays on the search for an identity

Author: David P Thelen; Frederick E Hoxie
Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The idea of discovery has frequently shaped the way Americans think about themselves and their history. The process neither began nor ended with Columbus. As the contributors here make clear, many forgotten discoveries - of language, self, and nature, for example - have been a part of our national experience.
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David P Thelen; Frederick E Hoxie
ISBN: 0252063848 9780252063848
OCLC Number: 28966655
Description: viii, 259 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Discovering America: An Introduction / Frederick E. Hoxie --
Dis-Covering the Subject of the "Great Constitutional Discussion," 1786-1789 / Carroll Smith-Rosenberg --
Discovering Nature in North America / Richard White --
The Tempest in the Wilderness: The Racialization of Savagery / Ronald Takaki --
"A Broad Fluid Language of Democracy": Discovering the American Idiom / Kenneth Cmiel --
Columbia, Columbus, and Columbianism / Thomas J. Schlereth --
Exploring a Cultural Borderland: Native American Journeys of Discovery in the Early Twentieth Century / Frederick E. Hoxie --
Americanization from the Bottom Up: Immigration and the Remaking of the Working Class in the United States, 1880-1930 / James R. Barrett --
Disorientation and Reorientation: The American Landscape Discovered from the West / Patricia Nelson Limerick --
Making America Home: Racial Masquerade and Ethnic Assimilation in the Transition to Talking Pictures / Michel Rogin.
Responsibility: edited by David Thelen and Frederick E. Hoxie.
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Abstract:

The idea of discovery has frequently shaped the way Americans think about themselves and their history. The process neither began nor ended with Columbus. As the contributors here make clear, many forgotten discoveries - of language, self, and nature, for example - have been a part of our national experience.

These essays also suggest that discoveries made by many neglected groups and individuals - among them industrial workers, slaves, Native Americans, and Asian immigrants - can be recalled to construct fresh versions of American history and to introduce a more inclusive vision of the past.

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