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

Author: Michael G Kammen
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1991.
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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...
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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 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Responsibility: Michael Kammen.

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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.--

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