The Growth of the American Thought

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Hailed as a pioneer achievement upon its original publi-cation and awarded the Pulitzer Prize in history in 1944, The Growth of American Thought has won appreciative reviews and earned the highest regard among historians of the national experience. With his elaboration of the complex interrelationships between the growth of American thought and the whole American social milieu, Curti creates not only an intellectual history, but a social history of American thought.

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The Christian Heritage
Legacies to the New Nation
The Old World Heritage Modified
Diffusion of the Arts and Sciences
The Rise of the Enlightenment
The Revolutionary Shift in Emphasis
The Expanding Enlightenment
The Conservative Reaction
The Civil War and Intellectual Life
The Nature of the New Nationalism
Business and the Life of the Mind
The Delimitation of Supernaturalism
Impact of Evolutionary Though on Society
Scholarship and Popularization of Learning
Formulas of Protest and Reform
The Conservative Defense

Patrician Direction of Thought
Nationalism Challenges Cosmopolitanism
The West Challenges Patrician Leadership
New Currents of Equalitarianism
The Advance of Science and Technology
The Popularization of Knowledge
New Goals for Democracy
The Rising Tide of Patriotism and Nationalism
Cultural Nationalism in the Old South
America Recrosses the Oceans
Prosperity Disillusionment Criticism
Crisis and New Searches
American Assertions in a World of Upheaval
Dialogues in Our Time
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Página 237 - In the four quarters of the globe, who reads an American book, or goes to an American play, or looks at an American picture or statue...
Página 657 - God has not been preparing the English-speaking and Teutonic peoples for a thousand years for nothing but vain and idle self-contemplation and self-admiration. No! He has made us the master organizers of the world to establish system where chaos reigns.
Página 383 - The heart, the heart,— there was the little yet boundless sphere wherein existed the original wrong of which the crime and misery of this outward world were merely types. Purify that inward sphere, and the many shapes of evil that haunt the outward, and which now seem almost our only realities, will turn to shadowy phantoms and vanish of their own accord...
Página 546 - Consider what effects, that might conceivably have practical bearings, we conceive the object of our conception to have. Then, our conception of these effects is the whole of our conception of the object.
Página 167 - The rapid Progress true Science now makes, occasions my regretting sometimes that I was born so soon. It is impossible to imagine the Height to which may be carried, in a thousand years, the Power of Man over Matter. We may perhaps learn to deprive large Masses of their Gravity, and give them absolute Levity, for the sake of easy Transport.
Página 556 - The life of the law has not been logic: it has been experience. The felt necessities of the time, the prevalent moral and political theories...
Página 30 - What then is the American, this new man? He is either an European, or the descendant of an European, hence that strange mixture of blood, which you will find in no other country. I could point out to you a family whose grandfather was an Englishman, whose wife was Dutch, whose son married a French woman, and whose present four sons have now four wives of different nations.
Página 311 - ... one. If we reflect a moment upon the discoveries which, in the last four centuries, have been made in the- physical constitution of the universe, by the means of these buildings, and of observers stationed in them, shall we doubt of their usefulness to every nation ? And while scarcely a year passes over our heads without bringing some new astronomical discovery to light, which we must fain receive at second hand from Europe, are we not cutting ourselves off from the means of returning light...
Página 246 - Rent is that portion of the produce of the earth, which is paid to the landlord for the use of the original and indestructible powers of the soil.

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