Wendy Wall looks at how and why postwar Americans of diverse backgrounds and divergent political views agreed upon a need for and put forward a unifying set of national values. She particularly focuses on three groups: businessmen, government officials and cultural elites, and a loose collation of activists and intellectuals.
pt. I. Enemies at home and abroad (1935-1941) -- "Are we a nation?" -- Industrial democracy versus free enterprise -- In search of common ground -- pt. II. The politics of unity during World War II (1942-1945) -- The spectre of "divide and conquer" -- "The house I live in" -- pt. III. Shaping a Cold War consensus (1946-1955) -- United America -- The Freedom Train -- Crusading for freedom at home and abroad -- Conclusion
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