By Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley
Will the twenty-first century be the subsequent American Century? Will American energy and ideas dominate the globe within the coming years? Or is the status of the us more likely to fall apart underneath the strain of latest foreign challenges?This ground-breaking publication explores the altering styles of yank concept and tradition on the sunrise of the hot millennium, whilst the world's richest state hasn't ever been extra robust or extra debatable. It brings jointly essentially the most eminent North American and ecu thinkers to enquire the an important matters and demanding situations dealing with the USA through the early years of our new century.From the subterranean political shifts underneath the electoral panorama to the newest biomedical advances, from the literary reaction to 11th of September to the increase of fact tv, this ebook explores the political, social and cultural contours of up to date American existence - however it additionally areas the USA inside of an international narrative of trade, cultural trade, foreign international relations, ideological clash and conflict. those eighteen new essays tackle such urgent concerns as management, overseas coverage, propaganda, faith, health and wellbeing, know-how, immigration, 11th of September tradition and electronic media. trying to find the roots of our modern matters, the authors glance again to the Clinton years or even past sessions of twentieth-century American existence. yet additionally they wait for the hot horizons of the century to return - to the unanticipated hazards of a world destiny and to the hovering chances of American company and mind's eye.
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17 They voted for Reagan, and later for George W. Bush, not because they were idiots or were duped or were brainwashed by the nation’s major corporations, but because they were attracted by a message that emphasised hard work, low taxes, traditional morality and old-fashioned optimistic patriotism – values that in an age of dizzying economic and technological change appealed more than ever. And it was Reagan’s funeral in 2004, far more than the presidential election that followed it, that really brought home the degree of his post-presidential ideological victory.
All five contributors agree that the contours of American political life had already been traced, if only thinly, during the 1980s, when the so-called Great Communicator demonstrated the enormous electoral appeal of his mixture of economic conservatism, moral traditionalism and patriotic populism. During the years of Reagan’s ascendancy, critics often wrote him off as a stooge, a front man, an ignorant actor parroting the views of his sponsors and advisors. 17 They voted for Reagan, and later for George W.
And it was Reagan’s funeral in 2004, far more than the presidential election that followed it, that really brought home the degree of his post-presidential ideological victory. Fifteen years before, his old Democratic opponents had congratulated themselves that they had seen the last of their most dangerous adversary. Little did they know that he would cast such a long shadow. NOTES 1. New York Times, 11 June 2004, 12 June 2004. 2. The Times, 12 June 2004. 3. htm. On The Greatest American, see New York Times, 7 July 2005.
American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century by Martin Halliwell, Catherine Morley