Hanging Together


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Unity and Diversity in American Culture

John Higham; Edited by Carl J. Guarneri

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This book presents three decades of writings by one of America’s most distinguished historians. John Higham, renowned for his influential works on immigration, ethnicity, political symbolism, and the writing of history, here traces the changing contours of American culture since its beginnings, focusing on the ways that an extraordinarily mobile society has allowed divergent ethnic, class, and ideological groups to “hang together” as Americans.

The book includes classic essays by Higham and more recent writings, some of which have been substantially revised for this publication. Topics range widely from the evolution of American national symbols and the fate of our national character to new perspectives on the New Deal, on other major turning points, and on changes in race relations after major American wars. Yet they are unified by an underlying theme: that a heterogeneous society and an inclusive national culture need each other.

John Higham, John Martin Vincent Professor Emeritus of History at The Johns Hopkins University, is a past president of the Organization of American Historians. His books include Send These to Me and Strangers in the Land. Carl J. Guarneri is professor of history at Saint Mary’s College of California.

[A] very creative historian…Higham is an engaged intellectual in close touch with contemporary cultural trends and controversies.

Hanging Together is a collection of Higham’s articles edited and introduced by his former students. . . . A tribute to a lifetime of achievement. . . . This collection will be welcomed by the many admirers of John Higham’s work, and those who have depended on him to explain the shifting currents of American thought and culture for here are gathered many articles published in obscure places as well as a few from mainstream journals. . . . I am grateful, as American Studies scholars around the world should be, for this collection of essays written by one of America’s leading cultural historians.”—Allen F. Davis, American Studies International

“Both professional historians and general adult readers will profit from Hanging Together, whose overarching theme is that heterogeneous society and an inclusive national culture need each other.”—L. Moody Simms, History: Reviews of New Books

Hanging Together makes it possible to assess the full achievement of a very creative historian. It will become clear as we do so that Higham, in his own singularly judicious and good-tempered fashion, is an engaged intellectual in close touch with contemporary cultural trends and controversies, particularly over changing perceptions of the American past.”—George M. Fredrickson, New York Review of Books
ISBN: 9780300088182
Publication Date: June 10, 2001
336 pages, 6.125 x 9.25
25 b/w illus.