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The Resource The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief, George M. Marsden

The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief, George M. Marsden

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The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief
Title
The twilight of the American enlightenment
Title remainder
the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief
Statement of responsibility
George M. Marsden
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "In the aftermath of World War II, the United States stood at a precipice. The forces of modernity unleashed by the war had led to astonishing advances in daily life, but technology and mass culture also threatened to erode the country's traditional moral character. As award-winning historian George M. Marsden explains in The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, postwar Americans looked to the country's secular, liberal elites for guidance in this precarious time, but these intellectuals proved unable to articulate a coherent common cause by which America could chart its course. Their failure lost them the faith of their constituents, paving the way for a Christian revival that offered America a firm new moral vision-one rooted in the Protestant values of the founders. A groundbreaking reappraisal of the country's spiritual reawakening, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment shows how America found new purpose at the dawn of the Cold War. "--
  • "In The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, Bancroft Prize-winning historian George Marsden examines the faltering attempts by the country's brightest minds to establish a new national identity and purpose for postwar America, and explains how their efforts--and eventual failure--helped to shape the society we live in today. As Marsden shows, the nation's challenges heavily influenced political debates and American art during the 1950s. Playwrights and novelists in particular reflected on the simultaneous conformity and alienation of modern man, with authors such as Dwight MacDonald and James Baldwin lamenting the new "mass man," whom mass media had robbed of all individualism. So too did sociologists Erich Fromm and David Riesman, whose idea of a "lonely crowd" seemed to sum up the inauthenticity of mainstream America. Political philosophers including Walter Lippmann, meanwhile, feared that the pragmatism of thinkers such as Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and Daniel Bell--who rejected wholesale ideologies in favor of a relativistic, selective politics--had left the nation directionless at a crucial moment in American history"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1939-
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Marsden, George M.
Dewey number
973.91
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.12
LC item number
.M3647 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cold War
  • Alienation (Social psychology)
  • Group identity
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief, George M. Marsden
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Publication
Bar code
  • 31223103183209
  • 31223103183357
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mass media and the national character -- Freedom in the lonely crowd -- Enlightenment's end? Building without foundations -- The problem of authority: the two masters -- The latter days of the Protestant establishment -- Sequel: consensus becomes a fighting word -- Conclusion: Toward a more inclusive pluralism
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxxix, 219 pages
Isbn
9780465030101
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013032100
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 861966381
  • (OCoLC)861966381
Label
The twilight of the American enlightenment : the 1950s and the crisis of liberal belief, George M. Marsden
Publication
Bar code
  • 31223103183209
  • 31223103183357
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Mass media and the national character -- Freedom in the lonely crowd -- Enlightenment's end? Building without foundations -- The problem of authority: the two masters -- The latter days of the Protestant establishment -- Sequel: consensus becomes a fighting word -- Conclusion: Toward a more inclusive pluralism
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
xxxix, 219 pages
Isbn
9780465030101
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2013032100
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 861966381
  • (OCoLC)861966381

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