Who are we?: the challenges to America's national identity.
Transcription of Annotations
Notes on front and back end papers concerning foundations of America's national identity and its disintegration, the American Creed, ideologies behind the founding of America, the influx of non-Protestant immigrants, and patriotic rituals and symbols, including the Statue of Liberty and the Columbian Exposition. Examples include: “embodied in American Creed - liberty, equality, human rights, rule of law, private property, individualism,” “salience,” “Americans have a fierce spirit of liberty,” “today 60% of Americans are Protestants,” “Americanizing the immigrant,” and “in 2000, 21 million immigrants said they did not speak English well.” Brian Lamb asks: “What role has war played?” “What were the 4 Great Awakenings?” “What's the history of teaching history?” and “Why in the 20th century - with exception of the U.S. - have Western countries become more secularized?” Annotations by Brian Lamb in the margins and underlining of pertinent phrases throughout the book. Examples include: “America's greatest achievement,” “settlers not immigrants,” “concept of race,” “fertility rates,” “trust in government,” and “conservatives endorsed idea of American empire.”