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The Soul of America

Arthur Hobson Quinn

272 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Cloth 1932 | ISBN 9781512813494 | $79.95s | Outside the Americas £64.00
Ebook 2017 | ISBN 9781512818437 | Buy from Combined Academic Publishers £64.00
An Anniversary Collection volume

The Soul of America undertakes to trace the development of those spiritual values that have become an integral and permanent part of the American character. The first part of the book is devoted to an examination of the interrelationship between these spiritual values and historical events. The author then proceeds with a thorough analysis of those elements of the American spirit that are most characteristic today: democracy, efficiency, liberality, provincialism, individuality, humor, and vision. These interpretations are presented from an original viewpoint that ignores conventional opinions and outwork clichés, giving the reader new insight into the forces that shape American history.

This book is valuable not only as a study of the past but also as a guide to understanding the contemporary scene and the course of America's future.

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