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People of plenty : economic abundance and the American character

Author: David Morris Potter
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1954.
Series: Charles R. Walgreen Foundation lectures.
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America has long been famous as a land of plenty, but we seldom realize how much the American people are a "people of plenty--a people whose distinctive character has been shaped by economic abundance. In this important book, David M. Potter breaks new ground both in the study of this phenomenon and in his approach to the question of national character. He brings a fresh historical perspective to bear on the vital  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Potter, David Morris.
People of plenty.
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1954
(DLC) 54012797
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: David Morris Potter
ISBN: 0226676331 9780226676333 9780226676326 0226676323
OCLC Number: 55714644
Description: 1 online resource (xxv, 217 pages) : illustrations.
Series Title: Charles R. Walgreen Foundation lectures.
Responsibility: by David M. Potter.

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America has long been famous as a land of plenty, but we seldom realize how much the American people are a "people of plenty--a people whose distinctive character has been shaped by economic abundance. In this important book, David M. Potter breaks new ground both in the study of this phenomenon and in his approach to the question of national character. He brings a fresh historical perspective to bear on the vital work done in this field by anthropologists, social psychologists, and psychoanalysts. "The rejection of hindsight, with the insistence on trying to see events from the point of view of the participants, was a governing theme with Potter. ... This sounds like a truism. Watching him apply it however, is a revelation."--Walter Clemons, "Newsweek "The best short book on national character I have seen ... broadly based, closely reasoned, and lucidly written."--Karl W. Deutsch," Yale Review.

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