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Author Rorty, Richard.

Title Achieving our country : leftist thought in twentieth-century America / Richard Rorty.

Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 1998.


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 Axe Special Collections Reitz  320.513 R697a 1998    ---  Lib Use Only
Description 159 pages ; 22 cm
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Series The William E. Massey, Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization ; 1997
William E. Massey, Sr. lectures in the history of American civilization ; 1997.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-151) and index.
Contents American national pride: Whitman and Dewey -- The eclipse of the reformist left -- A cultural left -- Movements and campaigns -- The inspirational value of great works of literature.
Summary How have national pride and American patriotism come to seem an endorsement of atrocities - from slavery to the slaughter of Native Americans, from the rape of ancient forests to the Vietnam War? Achieving Our Country traces the sources of this debilitating mentality of shame in the Left, as well as the harm it does to its proponents and to the country. At the center of this history is the conflict between the Old Left and the New that arose during the Vietnam War. Richard Rorty describes how the paradoxical victory of the antiwar movement, ushering in the Nixon years, encouraged a disillusioned generation of intellectuals to pursue "High Theory" at the expense of considering the place of ideas in our common life. In the absence of a vibrant, active Left, the views of intellectuals on the American Right have come to dominate the public sphere. This galvanizing book, adapted from Rorty's Massey Lectures of 1997, takes the first step toward redressing the imbalance in American cultural life by rallying those on the Left to the civic engagement and inspiration needed for "achieving our country."
Subject Radicalism -- United States -- History.
Radicals -- United States -- History.
Right and left (Political science) -- History.
Radicalism. (OCoLC)fst01087015
Radicals. (OCoLC)fst01087037
Right and left (Political science) (OCoLC)fst01097849
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 067400311X (alk. paper)
9780674003118 (alk. paper)

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