Title: The Disuniting of America (The Larger Agenda...
Publisher: Whittle Direct Books
Publication Date: 1991
Book Condition: Near Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Cloth. Illustrated. Corners lightly bumped; upper board flaring up slightly. Some light rubbing and a few small closed tears along edges of dust jacket. From the library of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., with his bookplate, and inscribed to him by the author. With a laid-in review from The New York Times. Fairbanks (1909-2000) was an iconic American actor from Hollywood’s Golden Era (his credits include "Gunga Din"), and a highly decorated naval officer of World War II. Bookseller Inventory # JC3055
Synopsis: What does it mean to be an American? Is the republic a unified whole or a collection of disparate ethnic groups? In this book, the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr, examines the changing face of American history and shows how an increasing focus on ethnicity has affected life both in academic circles and on the street. America has always been a nation of immigrants striving towards the common goal of a better life than they had known in the old country. But the melting pot no longer seems an apt metaphor for the American experience: racial and ethnic minorities are drifting apart, focusing on individual heritage and becoming more bitterly divided. However, Professor Schlesinger ultimately believes that the old ideals of "e pluribus unum" are still strong enough to bind the United States together.
About the Author: ARTHUR M. SCHLESINGER, JR. (1917-2007) was a renowned American historian, social critic, and prolific author of numerous books. He was awarded the National Book Award and the National Humanities Medal as well as twice winning the Pulitzer Prize.
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