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No matter whether the empirical structural analyses of "political life," including the in-depth studies of individuals and groups, are intended to supplement, deepen, or confirm an understanding of the manifold mani­festations of the American zoon politikon in a quantitative-empirical di­mension, all — regardless of the differing conclusions drawn from the far-reaching sociopolitical changes in formal and informal government — are…

Only after the convulsions of World War II did American self-criticism very reluctantly abandon the influence of monumental history. The search of representative minds in the humanities, the churches, and the media for a nondogmatic interpretation of Americanism in postwar America will be demonstrated by an analysis of the works of Ralph Bar­ton Perry, Daniel J. Boorstin, Seymour Martin Lipset,…

On the level of pragmatic ex­istence, the watershed results from the civilizing process. Self-contained, autonomous, independent agrarian America is transformed into urban­ized, industrialized America, and this new entity was, by force of its stage of development, inevitably drawn into the tension field of world econom­ics and world politics. The apocalyptically motivated idea of the nation of 1776 had, by the…

The Social Function of the World of National Symbols
Even before 1860, the infinite variety of civic associations of every sort and with different public and private goals included veterans' societies from the wars of 1776, 1812, and 1846, as well as such patriotic groups as the New England societies of transplanted New Englanders, the xenophobic organizations of the Know-Nothing movement,…

With the exception of Washington, all the Founding Fathers had, of course, to travel the road from the controversial to the noncontroversial sphere. Franklin, Jefferson, and Lincoln accomplished the journey more rapidly than did Madison and Marshall.105 Hamilton and Adams had to wait until the middle of the twentieth century to become noncontroversial. A congressional resolution for July 4, 1926,…

Monumental History
The process by which the founders' consciousness created itself a social field in the new society and the authority of an ultimate source of order was accrued to them lasted half a century. This process was accelerated because it fit seamlessly into the traditional thought patterns of New En­gland speculation on history and heroes. New England historiography,1 formally an…