skip to content
Mystic chords of memory : the transformation of tradition in American culture Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

Mystic chords of memory : the transformation of tradition in American culture

Author: Michael G Kammen
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
Summary:
In this ground-breaking, panoramic work of American cultural history, the author examines a central paradox of our national identity: How did "the land of the future" acquire a past? And to what extent has our collective memory of that past - as embodied in our traditions - been distorted, or even manufactured? Ranging from John Adams to Ronald Reagan, from the origins of Independence Day celebrations to the  Read more...
Rating:

(not yet rated) 0 with reviews - Be the first.

Subjects
More like this

 

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kammen, Michael G.
Mystic chords of memory.
New York : Knopf, 1991
(OCoLC)756429600
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael G Kammen
ISBN: 0394577698 9780394577692
OCLC Number: 22507981
Description: 864 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Part 1: Introduction --
The problem of tradition and myth in a democratic culture --
"The present is burdened too much with the past" --
Motifs of morality, myth, and memory in antebellum culture. Part 2: Prolegomenon: the enhancement of retrospective vision --
The Civil War remembered, but unreconciled --
Ambiguities of tradition: celebrating the past by praising the present --
Mismatched memories and perplexed patriotism: an elitist preference for Old World traditions --
"Memory is what we now have in place of religion" --
"Millions of newcomers alien to our traditions" --
The power of place, patronesses of the past, and varied sources of transition in the progressive era --
Coda: degrees of distinctiveness: comparisons. Part 3: Prolegomenon: "the emotional discovery of America" --
In quest of an American aesthetic: collecting Americana and seeing America first --
Authentic museums to educate the people about the history of progress --
Regional rivalry, local pride, and the contestation of memory --
Competing conceptions of cultural identity: national versus folk --
Memory in politics: the changing role of government --
The changing imperatives of myth, memory, and Americanism --
Coda: degrees of distinctiveness: comparisons. Part 4: Prolegomenon: nostalgia, heritage, and the anomalies of historical amnesia --
The heritage imperative: popularizing, collecting, and preserving --
The public sector and the politics of tradition in cold war America --
Nostalgia, new museums, the roots phenomenon, and reborn patriotism: idiosyncracies of selective memory --
Disremembering the past while historicizing the present --
Coda: degrees of distinctiveness: comparisons.
Responsibility: Michael Kammen.

Abstract:

In this ground-breaking, panoramic work of American cultural history, the author examines a central paradox of our national identity: How did "the land of the future" acquire a past? And to what extent has our collective memory of that past - as embodied in our traditions - been distorted, or even manufactured? Ranging from John Adams to Ronald Reagan, from the origins of Independence Day celebrations to the controversies surrounding the Vietnam War Memorial, from the Daughters of the American Revolution to immigrant associations, and filled with inclusive analyses of such phenomena as Americana and its collectors, "historic" villages and Disneyland, Mystic Chords of Memory is a brilliant, immensely readable, and enormously important book.--

Reviews

User-contributed reviews
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

All user tags (1)

View most popular tags as: tag list | tag cloud

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22507981> # Mystic chords of memory : the transformation of tradition in American culture
    a schema:CreativeWork, schema:Book ;
   library:oclcnum "22507981" ;
   library:placeOfPublication <http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> ; # New York
   library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/nyu> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/geschichte> ; # Geschichte
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/united_civilization> ; # United--Civilization
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/traditie> ; # Traditie
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/862898> ; # Patriotism
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/patriotism_united_states> ; # Patriotism--United States
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/memory_social_united_states> ; # Memory--Social--United States
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Event/geschichte_1870_1990> ; # Geschichte (1870-1990)
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/memory_social_aspects> ; # Memory--Social aspects
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1055200> ; # Collectief geheugen
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/civilization> ; # Civilization
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1204155> ; # USA
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/zivilisation> ; # Zivilisation
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010101438> ; # Memory--Social aspects--United States
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Place/usa> ; # USA.
   schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/973/e20/> ;
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/nationale_identiteit> ; # Nationale identiteit
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Place/united_states> ; # United States.
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/patriotismus> ; # Patriotismus
   schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010105278> ; # Patriotism--United States
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/tradition> ; # Tradition
   schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1015940> ; # Cultuurgeschiedenis
   schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/geschichte_1870_1990> ; # Geschichte--1870-1990
   schema:bookEdition "1st ed." ;
   schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
   schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/108594496> ; # Michael G. Kammen
   schema:datePublished "1991" ;
   schema:description "Part 2: Prolegomenon: the enhancement of retrospective vision -- The Civil War remembered, but unreconciled -- Ambiguities of tradition: celebrating the past by praising the present -- Mismatched memories and perplexed patriotism: an elitist preference for Old World traditions -- "Memory is what we now have in place of religion" -- "Millions of newcomers alien to our traditions" -- The power of place, patronesses of the past, and varied sources of transition in the progressive era -- Coda: degrees of distinctiveness: comparisons."@en ;
   schema:description "Part 1: Introduction -- The problem of tradition and myth in a democratic culture -- "The present is burdened too much with the past" -- Motifs of morality, myth, and memory in antebellum culture."@en ;
   schema:description "Part 3: Prolegomenon: "the emotional discovery of America" -- In quest of an American aesthetic: collecting Americana and seeing America first -- Authentic museums to educate the people about the history of progress -- Regional rivalry, local pride, and the contestation of memory -- Competing conceptions of cultural identity: national versus folk -- Memory in politics: the changing role of government -- The changing imperatives of myth, memory, and Americanism -- Coda: degrees of distinctiveness: comparisons."@en ;
   schema:description "In this ground-breaking, panoramic work of American cultural history, the author examines a central paradox of our national identity: How did "the land of the future" acquire a past? And to what extent has our collective memory of that past - as embodied in our traditions - been distorted, or even manufactured? Ranging from John Adams to Ronald Reagan, from the origins of Independence Day celebrations to the controversies surrounding the Vietnam War Memorial, from the Daughters of the American Revolution to immigrant associations, and filled with inclusive analyses of such phenomena as Americana and its collectors, "historic" villages and Disneyland, Mystic Chords of Memory is a brilliant, immensely readable, and enormously important book.--"@en ;
   schema:description "Part 4: Prolegomenon: nostalgia, heritage, and the anomalies of historical amnesia -- The heritage imperative: popularizing, collecting, and preserving -- The public sector and the politics of tradition in cold war America -- Nostalgia, new museums, the roots phenomenon, and reborn patriotism: idiosyncracies of selective memory -- Disremembering the past while historicizing the present -- Coda: degrees of distinctiveness: comparisons."@en ;
   schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/889531182> ;
   schema:inLanguage "en" ;
   schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/756429600> ;
   schema:name "Mystic chords of memory : the transformation of tradition in American culture"@en ;
   schema:productID "22507981" ;
   schema:publication <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/22507981#PublicationEvent/new_york_knopf_1991> ;
   schema:publisher <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Agent/knopf> ; # Knopf
   schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780394577692> ;
   wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/22507981> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://dbpedia.org/resource/New_York_City> # New York
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "New York" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Event/geschichte_1870_1990> # Geschichte (1870-1990)
    a schema:Event ;
   schema:name "Geschichte (1870-1990)" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Place/united_states> # United States.
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "United States." ;
   schema:name "United States" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/geschichte_1870_1990> # Geschichte--1870-1990
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Geschichte--1870-1990"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/memory_social_aspects> # Memory--Social aspects
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Memory--Social aspects"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/memory_social_united_states> # Memory--Social--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Memory--Social--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/nationale_identiteit> # Nationale identiteit
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Nationale identiteit"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/patriotism_united_states> # Patriotism--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Patriotism--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/889531182#Topic/united_civilization> # United--Civilization
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "United--Civilization"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010101438> # Memory--Social aspects--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Memory--Social aspects--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2010105278> # Patriotism--United States
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Patriotism--United States"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1015940> # Cultuurgeschiedenis
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Cultuurgeschiedenis"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1055200> # Collectief geheugen
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Collectief geheugen"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1204155> # USA
    a schema:Place ;
   schema:name "USA" ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/862898> # Patriotism
    a schema:Intangible ;
   schema:name "Patriotism"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/108594496> # Michael G. Kammen
    a schema:Person ;
   schema:familyName "Kammen" ;
   schema:givenName "Michael G." ;
   schema:name "Michael G. Kammen" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780394577692>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
   schema:isbn "0394577698" ;
   schema:isbn "9780394577692" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/756429600>
    a schema:CreativeWork ;
   rdfs:label "Mystic chords of memory." ;
   schema:description "Online version:" ;
   schema:isSimilarTo <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/22507981> ; # Mystic chords of memory : the transformation of tradition in American culture
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.