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D. G. Hart

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501700576

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501700576.001.0001

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The Limits of Americanism

The Limits of Americanism

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American Catholic

D. G. Hart

Cornell University Press

This chapter highlights the emergence of the radicals, feminists, black separatists, free love advocates, and antiwar protesters who huddled under the banner of the New Left. It looks at the conflict that erupted during the 1960s, in which normative America stood for hard work, personal responsibility, individual merit, delayed gratification, social mobility, heterosexual marriage, well-defined gender roles, and national greatness. It also discusses Democrats, establishment Republicans, and conservatives that disagree about the responsibilities of the federal government and its programs. The chapter illustrates the protest culture that arose on college campuses during the 1960s and eventually found a home in the Democratic Party. It elaborates how the New Left embraced a transgressive outlook that challenged all sides of the American way.

Keywords:   New Left, normative America, Democrats, Republicans, conservatives, federal government, Democratic Party

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