Inventing the "American way" : the politics of consensus from the New Deal to the civil rights movement

Wall, Wendy, 1962-

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  • Creator Wendy L. Wall
  • Format Books
  • Publication Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Physical Details
    • 1 online resource (xi, 378 pages) : illustrations
  • ISBNs 9780198044031, 0198044038, 9781435620476, 143562047X, 9780195329100, 0195329104
  • OCLC ocn191038707


  • 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.


  • Includes bibliographical reference (pages 295-359) and index.
  • Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
  • Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.


  • 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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