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Jan 30, 2001
| ISBN 9780375704109
Dec 15, 2010
| ISBN 9780307773302
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Jan 30, 2001 | ISBN 9780375704109
Dec 15, 2010 | ISBN 9780307773302
From one of today’s most respected historians and cultural critics comes a new book examining the gulf in American society–a division that cuts across class, racial, ethnic, political and sexual lines. One side originated in the tradition of republican virtue, the other in the counterculture of the late 1960s. Himmelfarb argues that, while the latter generated the dominant culture of today-particularly in universities, journalism, television, and film–a "dissident culture" continues to promote the values of family, a civil society, sexual morality, privacy, and patriotism. Proposing democratic remedies for our moral and cultural diseases, Himmelfarb concludes that it is a tribute to Americans that we remain "one nation" even as we are divided into "two cultures."
In One Nation, Two Cultures, one of today’s most respected and articulate cultural critics gives us a penetrating examination of the gulf between the two sides of American society — a divide that cuts across class, racial, ethnic, political, and sexual lines. While one side originated in the traditional idea of republican virtue, the other emerged from the counterculture of the late 1960s and has become the dominant culture of today.In clear and vigorous prose, Himmelfarb argues that while the dominant culture pervades journalism, academia, television, and film, a "dissident culture" continues to promote the values of family, a civil society, sexual morality, privacy, and patriotism. The clash between these two cultures affects all areas of American society.Despite her forceful critique, Himmelfarb sees encouraging signs for the future of American culture. She explores the place of religion, family, and the law in American life and proposes democratic remedies for the nation’s moral and cultural diseases. Though there are many legitimate grievances against government, she contends, our citizenry cannot afford to delegitimize it. And she concludes that it is a tribute to Americans that, without serious social strife, we remain one nation even as we are divided into two cultures.One Nation, Two Cultures is a stimulating work, one sure to provoke lively discussion and controversy.
Gertrude Himmelfarb taught for 23 years at Brooklyn College and the Graduate School of the City University of New York, where she was named distinguished professor of history in 1978. Now professor emeritus, she lives with her husband, Irving Kristol,… More about Gertrude Himmelfarb
?Of all those who write about the moral condition of America, Himmelfarb is best.??Commentary
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