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The soul of America : the battle for our better angels

Author
Meacham, Jon, author.
Title
The soul of America : the battle for our better angels / Jon Meacham.
Format
Book
Published
New York : Random House, 2018.
Description
xii, 402 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-377) and index.
Contents
  • To Hope Rather than to Fear
  • The Confidence of the Whole People: Visions of the Presidency, the Ideas of Progress and Prosperity, and 'We, the People'
  • The Long Shadow of Appomattox: The Lost Cause, the Ku Klux Klan, and construction
  • With Soul of Flame and Temper of Steel
  • A Great and New Thing in the World: The Triumph of Women's Suffrage, the Red Scare, and a New Klan
  • The Crisis of the Old Order: The Great Depression, Huey Long, the New Deal, and America First
  • Have You No Sense of Decency?: 'Making Everyone Middle Class," the GI Bill, McCarthyism, and Modern Media
  • What the Hell's the Presidency For?: 'Segregation Forever,' King's Crusade, and LBJ in the Crucible
  • The First Duty of an American Citizen.
Summary
"Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham helps us understand the present moment in American politics and life by looking back at critical times in our history when hope overcame division and fear. Our current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America Meacham shows us how what Abraham Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have repeatedly won the day. Painting surprising portraits of presidents including, besides Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the Lost Cause; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Klu Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of America First in the years before World War II; the anti-Communist witch-hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade to finish the fight against Jim Crow. In each of these dramatic, crucial turning points, the battle to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear, was joined, even as it is today. While the American story has not always been heroic, and the outcome of our battles never certain, in this inspiring book Meacham reassures us,"the good news is that we have come through darkness before"--as, time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail. Advance praise for The Soul of America "This is a brilliant, fascinating, timely, and above all profoundly important book. Jon Meacham explores the extremism and racism that have infected our politics, and he draws enlightening lessons from the knowledge that we've faced such trials before."--Walter Isaacson "Jon Meacham has done it again, this time with a historically rich and gracefully written account of America's long struggle with division in our immigrant nation and the heroic efforts to heal the wounds. It should be in every home and on every student's desk."--Tom Brokaw"-- Provided by publisher.
"The current climate of partisan fury is not new, and in The Soul of America, Meacham shows us how what Lincoln called the "better angels of our nature" have won the day. Painting surprising portraits of Presidents, including Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Ulysses S. Grant, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and others, and illuminating the courage of such influential citizen activists as Martin Luther King, Jr., early suffragettes Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, civil rights pioneers Rosa Parks and John Lewis, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and Army-McCarthy hearings lawyer Joseph N. Welch, Meacham brings vividly to life turning points in American history. He writes about the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the birth of the "Lost Cause"; the backlash against immigrants in the First World War and the resurgence of the Klu Klux Klan in the 1920s; the fight for women's rights; the demagoguery of Huey Long and Father Coughlin and the isolationist work of "America First" in the years before World War II; the Communist witch hunts led by Senator Joseph McCarthy; and Lyndon Johnson's crusade to finish the fight against Jim Crow. In each of these dramatic, crucial turning points, the battle to lead the country to look forward rather than back, to assert hope over fear, was joined, even as it is today. While the American story has not always or even often been heroic, and the outcome of that battle has never been certain, in this inspiring book, Meacham writes, "The good news is that we have come through darkness before," as time and again, Lincoln's better angels have found a way to prevail"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject headings
National characteristics, American.
United States--Civilization.
Genre heading
Nonfiction.
ISBN
9780399589812 (hardback)
0399589813
9780399589836 (ebook)

Holdings

Library
Blmgtn - Herman B Wells Library
Call Number
E169.1 .M4977 2018
Location
Checked out Due: 05-14-2020
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Call Number
E169.1 .M4977 2018
Location
Columbus Library - Stacks
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Library
Columbus - University Library of Columbus
Call Number
E169.1 .M4977 2018b
Location
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Indpls - IUPUI University Library
Call Number
E169.1 .M4977 2018
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