The Americans, Vol 3: The Democratic Experience

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The Americans The Democratic Experience received the 1974 Pulitzer Prize in history.Within the discipline of social theory, Boorstin s 1961 book

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  • Paperback
  • 717 pages
  • The Americans, Vol 3: The Democratic Experience
  • Daniel J. Boorstin
  • English
  • 03 September 2017
  • 9780394710112

10 thoughts on “The Americans, Vol 3: The Democratic Experience

  1. says:

    There are plenty of simple errors in this book, of date and place, and plenty of vacuous speculation, but overall, this book gives the reader a majestic overview of Americans inventing and creating over a hundred years of history The themes that tie the book together are thin, but the brief individual biographies of creativity are great There s the abolitionist father of life insurance Elizur Wright, who saw desperate people trading their life insurance policies as a shadow of the slave trade, and who created the first life insurance regulations There s Willis H Carrier, a mechanical engineer who created air conditioning to assure consistent color printing in a Brooklyn print shop, and formed a Rational Psychrometric Formulae for proper levels of cooling There s Chester F Carlson, an employee of Bell Laboratories who in 1938 charged a zinc and sulfur plate and thus created xerography xeros was Greek for dry, or dry printing , but then was ignored until the Haloid Corporation found him in 1946 and started xerox machines.Boorstin highlights quotidian geniuses such as Luther Childs Crowell who invented the square bottomed paper bag , Walter Shewhart industrial quality control , or Robert Gair folded cardboard , and myriad other inventors of the mundane necessities of modern life Yet he also discusses philosophers like John Dewey, advocates for schooling like Jonathan Baldwin Turner, and creative organizations like the Wyoming Stock Growers Association or the American Association of Painters and Sculptors which put on the Armory Show in 1913 The overall theme of the book, such as it is, is that American inventiveness democratized and homogenized American life, usually for the better, but not always The book contains a hint of wistfulness about lost community and lost authenticity, but overall it is in awe of the transformations these creative people wrought While the endless stories and biographies about inventiveness can become tedious, they are a worthwhile look at some of the things that probably matter most in history.

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    If I had to pick one author to pick for my desert island library it would be my history hero Daniel J Boorstin who was literally the Librarian of Congress I cannot remember when I first read this book high school, college maybe even just after college, but this book drove in me the desire to be master of why things happened the way they did To summarize the book, from the overleaf Daniel J Boorstin s long awaited full scale portrait of modern America chronicles the Great Transformation that has come about in our daily lives since the Civil War It recaptures the drama and the meaning of the countless and sometimes little noticed revolutions which occurred, not in legislatures or on battlefields but in our homes and farms and factories and schools and stores making something suprising and unprecedented of our everyday experience A review of the chapters gives the reader a preview of the delight to expect A Democracy of Clothing , Goods Sell Themselves , The Incorruptible Cashier , Antidotes for the City Utopia, Renewal, Suburbia , Time Becomes Fungible Packaging the Unit of Work If you are a trivia nut, and a lover of the little known this is the Bible Every American should be required to read any of Boorstin s great books.

  3. says:

    Read the entire trilogy Cultural history at its best.

  4. says:

    A little hard to stick with, but a wonderful book It s full of interesting stories and information, and shows a great picture of time passing and a country evolving.

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    Listened to via Books on TapeDaniel Boorstin is the most oft cited consensus historian of the post war period As critics observe, he is persistently oblivious to conflict and contest in American history Worse than being reviled, he is ignored by the profession as irrelevant.Main current of Boorstin s thought is that Americans are a practical people Free from abstract doctrine or theological speculation, the Puritans built a city on a hill Celia Kenyon pointed to the themes of practicality, of realistic adaptation to the circumstances of colonial life, of intelligent and effective amateurism in his work As others have pointed out, he was one of the first people to point out the importance of technological innovation throughout American history In the woods of New England, people did need to be jacks of all trades to survive This is, as Brooke Hindle and Steven Lubar were to point out later, a source of innovation in America s wooden age Another problem with Boorstin s approach is the insistence on the irrelevance of ideology to the American experience The Quakers were the only ideologues in his history They, like the Civil Rights workers, went to prisons singing The Quakers are as wrong headed in Boorstin s views as those who protested for civil rights.In a review entitled American Social History The Boorstin Experience, Kenneth L Kusmer covers all three volumes and concludes that Boorstin is best when talking about times when conflict was less important than consensus Unfortunately, there is no time in American History when conflict was less important than consensus Kusmer points out that the American Revolution flows from his pen as a decidedly un revolutionary event On the Puritans he stresses the lack of rancorous contention The Puritans had the right to get rid of dissenters Williams and Hutchinson Religion was the site of social stability not the realm of contested values When turning his eye to the military history of America, Kusmer tells us that Boorstin is valuable He stresses the unschooled and pragmatic approach which American commanders took during the Revolution Unrestrained by the weight of the old world, they adopted guerilla tactics that enabled them to fight effectively Yet what do we make of the Prussian drill master who trained Washington s troops Also points usefully to the American way of war as a defense of the home land, partially explaining the difficulty with LBJ faced in fighting the Vietnam war.On the Civil War, he contrasts Northern practicality with Southern ideology As Eric Foner has shown, Free Soil ideology was as much a motivating force in the North as white supremacy was in the South He ignores blacks, indians and women as makers of history at all turns His work is solidly middle class, what one would call Whiggish, in the first two volumes and turns a bit pessimistic in the third The rise of the New Left and anti Vietnam protest disillusioned him it seems In the third volume he was less celebratory The imperative of technology seemed to be pushing us forward, making life second hand the immediacy of experience was fading, and so too was the practical amateurism that forswears the ideological.

  6. says:

    Boorstin calls Christmas America s national Festival of Consumption My sentiments exactly The entire book is well written and interesting though tedious at times, but the last chapter is outstanding Boorstin compares the American enterprises of splitting the atom with the space program He shows amazing insight, especially considering he wrote it so soon after the moon landing I couldn t stop reading the last chapter Loved it

  7. says:

    More a collection of runnning observations and short essays, but all of it interesting and illuminating Interestingly, the chapters on the 20th century s evolution of mass communications brought some of the same hopes and fears by contemporaries and the author that we ve seen with the internet, social and smartphones.

  8. says:

    Very informative, as all of his books are, but the style is definitely showing its age.

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    Like many of Boorstin s other books this one does not follow a central narrative Rather it consists of a series of seemingly random vignettes like the development of cattle branding irons, Chicago gangsters, and marriage laws in Nevada While odd, the anecdotes are nonetheless fascinating and they re all held together by a common theme For example the previously mentioned anecdotes fall under a section named The Go Getters which is about America as a developing country There weren t yet established laws and customs with regard to the use of Western lands, immigrant groups hadn t yet assimilated, and small Western states like Nevada hadn t found a role in the larger nation and economy The section tells the story of how different groups responded to the challenges and opportunities that emerged from these ambiguities in law and culture Likewise Statistical Communities covers the development of life expectancy statistics, poverty rates, standardized clothing sizes, I.Q tests, etc It tells the story of how statistics penetrated the lives of ordinary people in ways they never had before Those who want a standard history should probably look elsewhere, but it s a good read for anyone interested in quirky, offbeat subjects that other historians generally ignore.

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