AUTHOR: Jones, Charles A.
PUBLISHER: Institute for the Study of the Americas
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This thought-provoking bookdemonstrates that, far from being a unique entity, the United States is the most American ofnations. It shares with its neighbors to the south an aspiration for equal opportunities andfreedoms in a society both defined and divided by race. As Charles A. Jones points out, theUnited States is distinguished from its neighbors chiefly by the greater materialcapabilities it has been able to apply to this historic task. Although it is sometimesregarded as Western, Jones points out the extremes to which the United States differs fromWestern Europe: from distinctive levels and styles of religiosity to public violence torespect for law to concern with material accumulation. These traits, far from constituting aclaim to exceptionality, bind the U.S. firmly to the rest of the American hemisphere. Infact, Jones argues, it was separated only by the strange accident of historiography thatcreated a "Latin" America little more than a century ago. He projects that these perceiveddifferences between the United States and its southern neighbors will fade in the nearfuture, and looks forward to a truly inclusive America.
PUBLICATION DATE: 9/12/2007