"Hanging Together" by John Higham

Hanging Together Unity and Diversity in American Culture John Higham, Carl J. Guarneri

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
10 May 2001
ISBN:
9780300088182
Dimensions:
336 pages: 234 x 156 x 19mm
Illustrations:
1, black & white illustrations

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How has America, with its many ethnic, class, and ideological divisions, allowed divergent groups to "hang together" as Americans? In this book, a distinguished historian explores the ways in which Americans have conceived of a national identity and demonstrates that an appreciation of America's kaleidoscopic diversity can be reconciled with an affirmation of its common national culture.

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