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America has long been famous as a land of plenty, but we seldom realize how much the American people are a people of plenty—a people whose distinctive character has been shaped by economic abundance. In this important book, David M. Potter breaks new ground both in the study of this phenomenon and in his approach to the question of national character. He brings a fresh historical perspective to bear on the vital work done in this field by anthropologists, social psychologists, and psychoanalysts.

"The rejection of hindsight, with the insistence on trying to see events from the point of view of the participants, was a governing theme with Potter. . . . This sounds like a truism. Watching him apply it however, is a revelation."—Walter Clemons, Newsweek

"The best short book on national character I have seen . . . broadly based, closely reasoned, and lucidly written."—Karl W. Deutsch, Yale Review

About the Author

David M. Potter (1910-1971) was a professor of history at Yale University and, at the time of his death, Coe Professor of American History at Stanford University.

Table of Contents

Part I. The Study of National Character

I. The Historians and National Character

II. The Behavioral Scientists and National Character

Part II. Abundance and the Shaping of American Character

Introduction to Part II

III. The Nature of American Abundance

IV. Abundance, Mobility, and Status

V. Democracy and Abundance

VI. Abundance and the Mission of America

VII. Abundance and the Frontier Hypothesis

VIII. The Institution of Abundance: Advertising

IX. Abundance and the Formation of Character

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226676333
Author:
Potter, David M.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
North America
Subject:
Ethnic Studies
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Travel - U.S. - General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Charles R. Walgreen Foundation lectures
Series Volume:
A29
Publication Date:
19581031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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