People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael G. KammenPeople of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization by Michael G. Kammen

People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American Civilization

byMichael G. Kammen

Paperback | August 2, 1990

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From the beginning, what has given our culture its distinctive
texture, pattern, and thrust, according to Michael Kammen, is the dynamic interaction of the imported and the indigenous. He shows how, during the years of colonization, some ideas and institutions were transferred virtually intact from Britain, while, simultaneously, others were being transformed in the New World. As he unravels the tangled origins of our culture, he makes us see that unresolved contradictions in the American experience have created our national style. Puritanical and hedonistic, idealistic and materialistic, peace-loving and war-mongering: these opposing strands go back to the genesis of our history.

Michael Gedaliah Kammen was born in Rochester, New York on October 25, 1936. He received a bachelor's degree in history from George Washington University and master's and doctoral degrees in history from Harvard University. He was a professor of American history and culture at Cornell University since 1965. He wrote numerous books incl...
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Title:People of Paradox: An Inquiry Concerning the Origins of American CivilizationFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.27 inPublished:August 2, 1990Publisher:Cornell University Press

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: THE UNRECORDED HUM OF IMPLICATION
Prolegomenon
Chapter 1: The Old World and the New, Pari Passu
Chapter 2: The Quest for Legitimacy in Colonial America
Chapter 3: Invertebrate America: The Problem of Unstable Pluralism
Epilogism: Some Interconnections

PART TWO: A STRANGE HYBRID, INDEED
Prolegomenon
Chapter 4: Biformity: A Frame of Reference
Chapter 5: Conflict, Crisis, and Change: The Context of English Colonization
Chapter 6: Contradictory Tendencies in Colonial America
Epilogism: Some Comparisons

PART THREE: THE IMPLICATIONS OF BIFORMITY
Prolegomenon
Chapter 7: Ambiguities of the American Revolution
Chapter 8: Encrustations of Space and Time, circa 1825–1925
Chapter 9: The Contrapuntal Civilization

Bibliographical Suggestions
Index

From Our Editors

From the beginning, what has given our culture its distinctive texture, pattern, and thrust, according to Michael Kammen, is the dynamic interaction of the imported and the indigenous.

Editorial Reviews

"Puts forth an interpretation that all American historical scholars will have to take seriously as they prepare their own versions of American history."—Carl Bridenbaugh, Yale Review