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American Beliefs: What Keeps a Big Country and a Diverse People United (1999)

by John Harmon McElroy

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The American ... acts upon new principles.
--Michelle Guillame-Saint-Jean de Crèvecoeur, farmer, 1782
I'm not black or white. I'm an American.
--George Foreman, boxer, 1984
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For Celeste, Connor, Danielle, Eric, Max, Natalie, Oni, Sara, Theah, and Tiernan
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(Preface): This book considers what makes America one nation and Americans one people.
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Why do so many different people with widely dissimilar ideas and customs get along as Americans? In American Beliefs, John McElroy identifies and explains those essential ideas that keep a big country and a diverse people united, tracing them historically from their origins in the earliest experiences of the American colonists. A powerful antidote to decades of concentration on the differences among Americans. A magnificent and timely book. John McElroy picks up where de Tocqueville left off. ¿?¿Charles Moskos.… (more)

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