History and Progress: In Search of the European and American Mind
Praeger, 1989 - 442 páginas
The idea of progress forms the core History and Progress. Mathiopoulos shows that faith in progress and the desire for a better world have been the major stimuli for historical change in the modern world. She describes how Europe gave birth to this idea and throughout history became largely disenchanted with it. In contrast, the United States inherited this concept and has utilized it for over 200 years to maintain its sense of identity and self-awareness. History and Progress explains not only how the idea of progress inspired the founding of America, but how the concept provides momentum for the historical development of the nation to the present. In short, the 'American Dream' preserved the progressive optimism projected by the Enlightenment in the United States, even when it had since disappeared from European historical thought.
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George Washington , in his first inaugural speech , delineated the forthcoming tasks : " The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty and the destiny of the republican model of government are justly considered , perhaps as deeply ...
The unifying principle was progress ordained and planned by God , " wrote Hofstadter of Bancroft's sense of history , which was filled by the belief that the advance of liberty , justice , and humanity , all of which were particularly ...
I see Happiness and Industry , smiling side by side , Beauty adorning the daughter of Nature , Liberty and Morals rendering almost useless the coercion of Government and Laws , and gentle Tolerance taking ( the ) place of the ferocious ...
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