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A great disorder : national myth and the battle for America  Cover Image Book Book

A great disorder : national myth and the battle for America / Richard Slotkin.


"The culture wars are pitting us against each other with a vitriol that is fueling outright violence. Slotkin looks to the foundational myths that have shaped American identity -- the Frontier, the Founding, the Civil War (Emancipation and Lost Cause), and Good War -- and reveals how and why they are bringing the United States to the brink of an existential crisis." -- Provided by publisher

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  • ISBN: 9780674292383
  • ISBN: 0674292383
  • Physical Description: x, 512 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2024.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Myths of the White Republic -- Myth of the Frontier -- Myth of the Founding -- Civil War Mythologies -- Lincoln and Liberation -- Confederate Founding: Civil War as Culture War -- Lost Cause: Redemption and the White Reunion -- Nation Transformed: From Reconstruction to the Good War -- Industrialization, Vigilantism and the Imperial Frontier -- Great Exception: The New Deal and National Myth -- Myth of the Good War Myth: Platoon Movies and the Reconception of American Nationality -- American Apotheosis: From Kennedy's New Frontier to Reagan's Morning in America -- New Frontier: Savage War and Social Justice -- Cultural Revolution: The Sixties, the Movement and the Great Society -- Back in the Saddle: Reagan, Neoliberalism and the War Against the Sixties -- Rising Tide: Climate Change and the Fossil Fuel Frontier -- Cowboys and Aliens: The Global War on Terror -- Age of Culture War -- Obama Presidency: The Myth of the Movement and the Tea Party Reaction -- Equalizers: The Gun Rights Movement and Culture-War Conservatism -- Trump Redemption: Make America Great Again -- Trump in the White House: The President as Insurgent -- Imagining Civil War: The 2020 Election -- "The Last President of the Confederacy": Trump's Lost Cause.
Subject: Myth > Political aspects > United States > History.
Culture conflict > United States > History.
United States > History.

Available copies

  • 4 of 5 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library 973 SLOTKIN 2024 (Text) 0001012541108 Nonfiction New Checked out 04/29/2024

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