The American Future

A History From The Founding Fathers To Barack Obama

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Author: Simon Schama

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1409018792

Category: History

Page: 416

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The American Future traces the history of a country whose most enduring trait is its capacity for self-renewal, especially at times of disaster. Examining issues of power, race and immigration, religious fervour and prosperity, this masterful portrait of the world's most controversial superpower looks backwards and forwards to understand why now, more than ever, the fate of America, and by extension the rest of the world, is hanging in the balance.

Sie schufen Amerika

die Gründergeneration von John Adams bis George Washington

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Author: Joseph J. Ellis

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406528293

Category:

Page: 372

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Slow Road to Brownsville

A Journey Through the Heart of the Old West

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Author: David Reynolds

Publisher: Greystone Books

ISBN: 1771640537

Category: Travel

Page: 400

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"Immensely illuminating and enjoyable account of a road trip along Highway 83 ... Books like [Reynold's] prove that good travel writing remains not only very much alive, but essential."—The Bookseller In Slow Road to Brownsville, David Reynolds embarks on a road trip along Highway 83, a little-known two-lane highway built in 1926 that runs from Manitoba to the Mexican border at Brownsville, Texas. Growing up in a small town in England, Reynolds was enthralled by both the myth of the Wild West and the myth of the open road. This road trip is his exploration of the reality behind these myths as he makes his way from small town to small town, gas station to gas station, and motel to motel, hanging out in bars, drinking with the locals, and observing their sometimes-peculiar customs. Reynolds also wanted to see the country where the Sioux, the Cheyenne, the Comanches, the Apaches, and other native groups lived and died and to look at how their descendants live now. He describes the forced location of the Cheyenne people, discovers the true story of the Alamo, and finds similarities between Sitting Bull’s tours and those of the Black Panthers.

Liberty's Surest Guardian

American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama

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Author: Jeremi Suri

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439141703

Category: Political Science

Page: 368

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Americans are a nation-building people, and in Liberty’s Surest Guardian, Jeremi Suri—Nobel Fellow and leading light in the next generation of policy makers—looks to America’s history to see both what it has to offer failed states around the world and what it should avoid. Far from being cold imperialists, Americans have earnestly attempted to export their invention of representative government. We have had successes (Reconstruction after the American Civil War, the Philippines, Western Europe) and failures (Vietnam), and we can learn a good deal from both. Nation-building is in America’s DNA. It dates back to the days of the American Revolution, when the founding fathers invented the concept of popular sovereignty—the idea that you cannot have a national government without a collective will. The framers of the Constitution initiated a policy of cautious nation-building, hoping not to conquer other countries, but to build a world of stable, self-governed societies that would support America’s way of life. Yetno other country has created more problems for itself and for others by intervening in distant lands and pursuing impractical changes. Nation-building can work only when local citizens “own it,” and do not feel it is forced upon them. There is no one way to spread this idea successfully, but Suri has mined more than two hundred years of American policy in order to explain the five “P”s of nation-building: PARTNERS: Nation-building always requires partners; there must be communication between people on the ground and people in distant government offices. PROCESS: Human societies do not follow formulas. Nation-building is a process which does not produce clear, quick results. PROBLEM-SOLVING: Leadership must start small, addressing basic problems. Public trust during a period of occupation emerges from the fulfillment of basic needs. PURPOSE: Small beginnings must serve larger purposes. Citizens must see the value in what they’re doing. PEOPLE: Nation-building is about people. Large forces do not move history. People move history. Our actions in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya will have a dramatic impact on international stability. Jeremi Suri, provocative historian and one of Smithsonian magazine’s “Top Young Innovators,” takes on the idea of American exceptionalism and turns it into a playbook for President Obama over the next, vital few years.

American War

Roman

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Author: Omar El Akkad

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104908109

Category: Fiction

Page: 32

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Gleich hier die kostenlose XXL-Leseprobe lesen! »American War« - das Buch der Stunde. »Ein gewaltiger Roman«, schreibt die renommierteste Literaturkritikerin der USA, Michiko Kakutani. Ein Roman über den nächsten amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg und das dramatische Schicksal einer Familie. Was wird sein, wenn die erschütternde Realität der Gegenwart - Drohnenangriffe, Folter, Selbstmordattentate und die Folgen von Umweltkatastrophen - mit aller Gewalt in die USA zurückkehrt? Vor diesem Hintergrund entfaltet Omar El Akkad mit großer erzählerischer Kraft den dramatischen Kampf der jungen Sarat Chestnut, die beschließt, mit allen Mitteln für das Überleben zu kämpfen. »American War« ist in den USA ein literarisches Ereignis, das schon jetzt mit Cormac McCarthy »Die Straße« und Philip Roth »Verschwörung gegen Amerika« verglichen wird.

Barack Obama and the American Dream

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Author: Bernd C. Schmidt-Nagel

Publisher: GRIN Verlag

ISBN: 3640917057

Category:

Page: 28

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Seminar paper from the year 2011 in the subject English - Discussion and Essays, grade: 1,7, University of Cologne, language: English, abstract: The acting president of the United States of America, Barack Obama, fascinated millions of US-citizens in many of his campaign speeches in 2008. With his slogan "Yes we can " he offered them a new, believable perspective. Finally, this wave of euphoria brought him to the White House and made him, contrary to all expectations, the first black US-President. I looked fascinated and interested at all important incidents happening in the USA in 2008 and I just wondered why it was possible to this man, like no other person, to fill so many people in this great country with enthusiasm and to give them a new hope of a better future. Looking back on these events and irrespective of the fact if his goals were achieved or not, I ask myself which values, ideas and aims made the people so absolutely excited and how they were influenced by Obama. If you only take a superficial view on this issue, it already becomes clear that the very popular American Dream, which is based on American history, is and was one of the important subjects of Obama's speeches. How Obama uses this Dream and the way he updates and enlarges it should be the central question of this thesis. In order to do so, it is at first important to take a close look at Barack Obama, his curriculum vitae and his political rising. On the other hand, I want to present the history of the American Dream, as well as a preferably general but handy definition of what the American Dream actually is and what it wants to express. Based on this, a detailed analysis of certain speeches of Obama with a special focus on the American Dream follows. Outgoing from the results of the analysis, I will examine how Obama encloses the dream in his way of argumentation, the different values he refers to and the influence of different audiences on the usage of the American Dream. In order to answe

Barack Obama and the Rhetoric of Hope

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Author: Mark S. Ferrara

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476603391

Category: History

Page: 204

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The historical and literary antecedents of the President’s campaign rhetoric can be traced to the utopian traditions of the Western world. The “rhetoric of hope” is a form of political discourse characterized by a forward-looking vision of social progress brought about by collective effort and adherence to shared values (including discipline, temperance, a strong work ethic, self-reliance and service to the community). By combining his own personal story (as the biracial son of a white mother from Kansas and a black father from Kenya) with national mythologies like the American Dream, Obama creates a persona that embodies the moral values and cultural mythos of his implied audience. In doing so, he draws upon the Classical world, Judeo-Christianity, the European Enlightenment, the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, the presidencies of Jefferson, Lincoln, and FDR, slave narratives, the Black church, the civil rights movement and even popular culture.

"Yes We Can"

Barack Obama's Proverbial Rhetoric

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Author: Wolfgang Mieder

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9781433106675

Category: Political Science

Page: 352

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As President Barack Obama outlined his promise for change during the presidential campaign, he made effective use of proverbs and proverbial phrases, and invented many quotable epithets that have all the makings of future proverbs. This book examines how Obama's natural and authentic reliance on traditional metaphors enhances his impressive rhetoric, rather than reducing it to mere sound bites. Proverbs, with their often colorful metaphors, add expressiveness and emotion to his communications, giving people the opportunity to follow his pragmatic or philosophical arguments through common language. No matter the subject, Obama's prose contains metaphorical language that makes his rhetoric and oratory universally accessible. This book contains detailed analyses of the proverbial rhetoric in Obama's books "Dreams from My Father" (1995) and "The Audacity of Hope" (2006). A section looks at his proverbial language in 229 speeches, news conferences, interviews, and radio addresses, and the final section presents in-depth studies of his seven most significant addresses. It includes a comprehensive contextualized index of 1714 proverbial texts found within the writings and speeches from Obama's political beginnings to his memorable inaugural address.

Winning the Future

A 21st Century Contract with America

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Author: Newt Gingrich

Publisher: Regnery Publishing

ISBN: 9780895260420

Category: Political Science

Page: 243

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America's future in the twenty-first century, argues Newt Gingrich, will be determined by the decisions we make now. His book is a grass roots call to action--and will set the debate for the new administration and Congress.

Framing the Rhetoric of a Leader

An Analysis of Obama’s Election Campaign Speeches

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Author: M. Degani

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113747159X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 315

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Based on a selection of 30 election campaign speeches during Obama's first run for the American presidency in 2008, this book investigates the Democratic presidential candidate's much celebrated rhetoric from a cognitive semantics point of view.

Historians on Hamilton

How a Blockbuster Musical Is Restaging America's Past

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Author: Renee C. Romano,Claire Bond Potter

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

ISBN: 0813590337

Category: History

Page: 396

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America has gone Hamilton crazy. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning musical has spawned sold-out performances, a triple platinum cast album, and a score so catchy that it is being used to teach U.S. history in classrooms across the country. But just how historically accurate is Hamilton? And how is the show itself making history? Historians on Hamilton brings together a collection of top scholars to explain the Hamilton phenomenon and explore what it might mean for our understanding of America’s history. The contributors examine what the musical got right, what it got wrong, and why it matters. Does Hamilton’s hip-hop take on the Founding Fathers misrepresent our nation’s past, or does it offer a bold positive vision for our nation’s future? Can a musical so unabashedly contemporary and deliberately anachronistic still communicate historical truths about American culture and politics? And is Hamilton as revolutionary as its creators and many commentators claim? Perfect for students, teachers, theatre fans, hip-hop heads, and history buffs alike, these short and lively essays examine why Hamilton became an Obama-era sensation and consider its continued relevance in the age of Trump. Whether you are a fan or a skeptic, you will come away from this collection with a new appreciation for the meaning and importance of the Hamilton phenomenon.

Nightmare Along Pennsylvania Avenue

Prophetic Insight into America's Role in the Coming End Times

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Author: Perry F Stone

Publisher: Charisma Media

ISBN: 1599799936

Category: Religion

Page: 336

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Throughout America’s political history, elected leadership has worked diligently to build a nation “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” Yet, even as American society was being formed, the founding fathers warned future generations of the possibility that the Republic could take a wrong turn from the path of the Constitution, and destroy the original intent of the founders. Today we may be experiencing a government that our founding fathers warned about. What’s more, this frightening trend can be tied directly to Bible prophecy. America is the end time gentile nation raised up to be a “spiritual Israel,” until the days when God would once again restore His chosen people, Israel. America is experiencing change and transition as we enter the time of the end. From the founding of the nation, to the American Revolution and the Civil War, you will discover America’s prophetic destiny is found in parallel stories, Hebrew patterns and prophetic dates. From the prophecies concerning the presidents to the astonishing patterns of the tabernacle and emblems of the tribes found in America and in Washington, D.C., this book will reveal America’s prophetic past, present and future.

Drogen

Die Geschichte eines langen Krieges

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Author: Johann Hari

Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag

ISBN: 3104035687

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

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»Hari vereint präzise Recherche mit einer zutiefst menschlichen Erzählung. Dieses Buch wird eine dringend notwendige Debatte auslösen.« Glenn Greenwald Der Krieg gegen die Drogen gilt inzwischen als gescheitert, der Handel mit Drogen ist ein blühendes Geschäft, alle Maßnahmen gegen den Konsum sind weitgehend erfolglos. Woran liegt das? Der britische Journalist Johann Hari begibt sich auf eine einzigartige Reise – von Brooklyn über Mexiko bis nach Deutschland – und erzählt die Geschichten derjenigen, deren Leben vom immerwährenden Kampf gegen Drogen geprägt ist: von Dealern, Süchtigen, Kartellmitgliedern, den Verlierern und Profiteuren. Mit seiner grandiosen literarischen Reportage schreibt Hari sowohl eine Geschichte des Krieges gegen Drogen als auch ein mitreißendes und streitbares Plädoyer zum Umdenken. »Hervorragender Journalismus, packend erzählt.« Naomi Klein »Phantastisch!« Noam Chomsky

Religion in America

A Political History

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Author: Denis Lacorne

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231526407

Category: Religion

Page: 256

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Denis Lacorne identifies two competing narratives defining the American identity. The first narrative, derived from the philosophy of the Enlightenment, is essentially secular. Associated with the Founding Fathers and reflected in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Federalist Papers, this line of reasoning is predicated on separating religion from politics to preserve political freedom from an overpowering church. Prominent thinkers such as Voltaire, Thomas Paine, and Jean-Nicolas Démeunier, who viewed the American project as a radical attempt to create a new regime free from religion and the weight of ancient history, embraced this American effort to establish a genuine "wall of separation" between church and state. The second narrative is based on the premise that religion is a fundamental part of the American identity and emphasizes the importance of the original settlement of America by New England Puritans. This alternative vision was elaborated by Whig politicians and Romantic historians in the first half of the nineteenth century. It is still shared by modern political scientists such as Samuel Huntington. These thinkers insist America possesses a core, stable "Creed" mixing Protestant and republican values. Lacorne outlines the role of religion in the making of these narratives and examines, against this backdrop, how key historians, philosophers, novelists, and intellectuals situate religion in American politics.

Waking from the American Dream

Transformations in American Society, Politics and Culture

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Author: Andreas Hess,Gerard Boucher

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

ISBN: 9781849668958

Category: Social Science

Page: 192

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The American dream has been a central pillar in the building of American society from the Founding Fathers to the present day. In his acceptance speech as president-elect Barack Obama talked of the need to 'reclaim the American dream'. This book takes the Obama presidency as a launch pad in order to track the changes that have occurred in American society, politics and culture since the founding of the republic. The authors argue that in a country fighting two wars and with historic levels of national, budget and consumer debt Americans actually need to wake up from the American dream and to reinvent the nation as a progressive force in future global politics. This is an interdisciplinary study drawing on current research in politics, sociology and history . The book isthematically organized, covering, inter alia, the idea of of American exceptionalism from de Tocqueville to Lipset, the origins and structure of the American polity, multiculturalism and identity , social stratification, religion and culture, political economy and America's global role.

Rediscovering God in America

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Author: Newt Gingrich,Callista Gingrich

Publisher: Thomas Nelson Inc

ISBN: 1595553134

Category: History

Page: 118

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"Significant monuments, memorials and artifacts found in our Nation's capital are Creator-endowed as seen through a walk through tour of Washington DC"--Provided by publisher.

America the Beautiful

Rediscovering What Made This Nation Great

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Author: Ben Carson, M.D.

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310417341

Category: Political Science

Page: 224

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What is America becoming? Or, more importantly, what can she be if we reclaim a vision for the things that made her great in the first place? In the Zondervan ebook, America the Beautiful, Dr. Ben Carson helps us learn from our past in order to chart a better course for our future. From his personal ascent from inner-city poverty to international medical and humanitarian acclaim, Carson shares experiential insights that help us understand … what is good about America … where we have gone astray … which fundamental beliefs have guided America from her founding into preeminence among nations Written by a man who has experienced America’s best and worst firsthand, America the Beautiful is at once alarming, convicting, and inspiring. You’ll gain new perspectives on our nation’s origins, our Judeo-Christian heritage, our educational system, capitalism versus socialism, our moral fabric, healthcare, and much more. An incisive manifesto of the values that shaped America’s past and must shape her future, America the Beautiful calls us all to use our God-given talents to improve our lives, our communities, our nation, and our world.

The Jefferson Rule

How the Founding Fathers Became Infallible and Our Politics Inflexible

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Author: David Sehat

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1476779791

Category: History

Page: 320

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In The Jefferson Rule, historian David Sehat describes how everyone from liberals to conservatives, secessionists to unionists have sought out the Founding Fathers to defend their policies. Beginning with the debate between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton over the future of the nation, and continuing throughout our history—the Civil War, the World Wars, the New Deal, the Reagan Revolution, and Obama and the Tea Party—many politicos have asked, “What would the Founders do?” instead of “What is the common good today?” Both the Right and the Left have used the Founders to sort through such issues as voting rights, campaign finance, free speech, war and peace, gun control, and taxes, though those Fathers were a querulous and divided group who rarely agreed. In this “sobering, informative study” (Publisher’s Weekly), Sehat shows why coming to terms with the past would be the start of a productive debate. The result is, simply put, “required reading for those desperate for sane, intelligent political arguments” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review). The Jefferson Rule “takes the reader through an engaging and insightful survey course in American history” (The Christian Science Monitor).

Everyone Leads

Building Leadership from the Community Up

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Author: Paul Schmitz

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118120744

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Praise for Everyone Leads "If America is going to continue to thrive in the twenty-firstcentury, we must strengthen our sense of community. In EveryoneLeads, Schmitz lays out the challenges for those of us who have apassion to make a difference and, more important, the strategies tospark lasting change from the grassroots up. His unique perspectiveand experience make this a must-read for communityactivists."—Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO, HarlemChildren's Zone "This moment in history demands that we stop waiting forothers—especially others living in Washington, D.C.—tosolve the problems and right the wrongs of our times. Now, morethan ever, we must mine the most underutilized resource availableto us: We the People. Everyone Leads shows us how."—AriannaHuffington, president and executive editor, Huffington Post MediaGroup "Social change has always come from the leadership of the many,not the few. Everyone Leads shows us how we can all step up andcontribute to social change."—Tavis Smiley, author,broadcaster, philanthropist "Every nonprofit can learn from Public Allies' example that theleadership we need to solve problems exists within our communities.Everyone Leads is a guide to inclusion, collaboration, andcommunity building that will inspire readers to see leadership andopportunity in places we don't usually look."—Sterling Speirn,CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation "Schmitz has produced the road map we need for this 'all handson deck' moment when we need a new spirit of collaborativeleadership and action to face the problems of our day. Reading thisbook, we are not surprised that Michelle Obama learned from PublicAllies how to build leaders and build communities."—HarrisWofford, former United States Senator, and CEO of the Corporationfor National and Community Service under President Bill Clinton Register at www.josseybass.com/emailfor more information on ourpublications, authors, and to receive special offers.