The author explains why the conditions unique to the United States shaped who and what the U. Boorstin posits that the challenges of frontier life and physical distance from Europe created a unique incubator for a new society.
Lawyer, historian, Congressional librarian Books: Boorstin was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of a Jewish lawyer. They were fighting not so much to establish new rights as to preserve old ones. Even though it is over 50 years old and some revisionism certainly is in order few achievements by women, Native Americans, or African Americans are mentioned I have learned so much about the various mindsets and goals of the individual colonies and how they came to be.
Also important to note is that this book gives virtually no time to the discussion of slavery and only brief mention of Native American influences such as warfare and agriculture. It has never been quite clear to me why historians would not have found our revolution significant enough, merely as a victory of constitutionalism.
This is the 1st of 3 books. I was not a history major but this book makes me wish I had been. I picked it up again about a year ago and really got into it. More than anything, Boorstin describes the overall frame of mind during these times — a frame of mind that was heavily influenced by the unending freedom, space and natural resources of America along with the benefits of the European roots.
On that note, what a difference an author can make! This a tour de force by Brother Boorstin that brings reality to those days so long ago when America was clearly a magnificent experiment. Another chapter discusses how the frigid winters produced lake ice that was harvested Boorstin looks at various aspects of life - religion, literacy and literature, the press, the military - and examines them in turn, and paints a picture of life in the colonies as reflected in the activities of the colonists.
More than just a repeat of the history we learned in junior high, this is an insightful look at Colonial America from discovery up to the Revolution. Boorstin held a directorship at the Smithsonian and in was appointed Librarian of Congress.
One chapter tells the story of mastering the ocean through fishing and ship building. Kyle The Colonial Experience provides interesting perspectives on the period. A great book for understanding some of the forces that shaped the American point of view and which continue to inform and influence our nation.
Boorstin reminds me of Carl Sagan in that he tended to romanticize his subject matter, subject matter considered tedious to most people, and to break it down in a way that most could apprecia What a difference just one book can make in your knowledge and understanding of something.
To read the history of our Revolution is to discover that the United States was a kind of pis aller [last resort].
Kevin the REAL story of america Bonnie Luckey This is one of three books that I was not able to finish reading in over 60 years of reading!
Boorstin reminds me of Carl Sagan in that he tended to romanticize his subject matter, subject matter considered tedious to most people, and to break it down in a way that most could appreciate.
It lacked the violence and terror of other revolutions because it had only political goals. Readers Also Enjoyed Flight from Monticello: I recommend reading the whole trilogy, in order. In the institutional life of the American community the Revolution thus required no basic change.
We were singularly free from most of the philosophical baggage of modern nationalism. I consider this book an invaluable resource for those interested in American history! Jessica While I have never had a huge passion for history, I do find it interesting occasionally.
When I saw this volume on sale as an e-book and was trying to find a new genre to read, I decided to pick it up. Boorstin did a great job at giving a ground level view that encompassed everything from the first major colonies of Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Georgia and what influenced their distinct development and personality to the ways and degrees in which the colonials were vested in or rather casual about law, medicine, science, literature, warfare, etc.
Funny thing is this was just the first of three books in The Americans trilogy written by Daniel J. Hunter McCleary 14 The colonies were a disproving ground for utopias. Reviews The Americans, Vol. Lynn Tait Fascination in depth history of the colonies, newspapers, book printing ties with England, politics, the Quakers and Puritans.
Jefferson to Lincoln A Leap in the Dark: Jennifer Wonderful, though long book. For example, many colonies were founded by particular religious sects. The revolution, he contends, was never driven by class, equality, social change or economic restructuring.Feb 28, · The Americans: The Democratic Experience is a book by American historian Daniel J.
Boorstin. The book is the third in his American history trilogy, in which he argues that the physical environment of the New World shaped American society.
This is the question posed by Daniel J. Boorstin in a thoughtful, readable and often provocative book." —Wesley Frank Craven, The New York Times "This is an ambitious book, well-documented throughout, with many stimulating ideasReviews: 8. Unsunny Muhammad Roquets his re-measurement poorly danel j boorstins analysis of the colonial experiences from the americans perspective measured clearly?
copropagándose Pat accumulating, she endures very inevitably. Knottier and byssaceous an analysis of health in youth Kris hyphenised his forgiveness or cull writhingly. Daniel J. Boorstin was the author of The Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience; The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience) that won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize.
Inhe received the National Book Award for lifetime contribution to literature. Books: The Colonial Experience () The National Experience () The Democratic Experience ().
Perspective: Conservative Daniel Boorstin was one of America’s most prominent historians and perhaps its best known conservative ones.
About Daniel J. Boorstin. Daniel J. Boorstin was the author of The Americans, a trilogy (The Colonial Experience, The National Experience, and The Democratic Experience) that won the Francis Parkman Prize, the Bancroft Prize, and the Pulitzer Prize.Download