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Look homeward, America : in search of reactionary radicals and front-porch anarchists

Author: Bill Kauffman
Publisher: Wilmington, DE : ISI Books, ©2006.
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From the Publisher: Look Homeward, America, Bill Kauffman introduces us to the reactionary radicals, front-porch anarchists, and traditionalist rebels who give American culture and politics its pith, vim, and life. Blending history, memoir, digressive literariness, and polemic, Kauffman provides fresh portraiture of such American originals as Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, regionalist painter Grant Wood,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Kauffman, Bill, 1959-
Look homeward, America.
Wilmington, DE : ISI Books, ©2006
(OCoLC)606294614
Online version:
Kauffman, Bill, 1959-
Look homeward, America.
Wilmington, DE : ISI Books, ©2006
(OCoLC)609053296
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Kauffman
ISBN: 1932236872 9781932236873
OCLC Number: 69171738
Description: xviii, 210 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction --
1: Two independent Catholic liberals diverged in a wood: Eugene McCarthy and Pat Moynihan --
2: Way of love: the American distributism of Dorothy Day --
3: Return from Bohemia: Grant Wood and the promise of American regionalism --
4: Wendell Berry on war and peace: or, Port William versus the empire --
5: Working-class hero is something to be: Carolyn Chute and other insubordinate Americans --
6: Sanford 'n Seth: or what I found while hunting Civil War artifacts in my backyard --
Conclusion: Why I am not ashamed to be an American --
Bibliographical note --
Index.
Responsibility: Bill Kauffman.
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From the Publisher: Look Homeward, America, Bill Kauffman introduces us to the reactionary radicals, front-porch anarchists, and traditionalist rebels who give American culture and politics its pith, vim, and life. Blending history, memoir, digressive literariness, and polemic, Kauffman provides fresh portraiture of such American originals as Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day, regionalist painter Grant Wood, farmer-writer Wendell Berry, publisher Henry Regnery, maverick U.S. senators Eugene McCarthy and Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and other Americans who can't-or shouldn't-be filed away in the usual boxes labeled "liberal" and "conservative." Ranging from Millard Fillmore to Easy Rider, from Robert Frost to Mother Jones, Kauffman limns an alternative America that draws its breath from local cultures, traditional liberties, small-scale institutions, and neighborliness. There is an America left that is worth saving: these are its paragons, its poets, and its pantheon.

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