The Soul of America

The Soul of America

Anniversary Collection

by Arthur Hobson Quinn

Published by: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

272 pages, 140.00 x 210.00 x 0.00 mm

  • ISBN: 9781512813494
  • Published: January 1932



The Soul of America undertakes to trace the development of those spiritual values that have become an integral and permanent part of the American character. The first part of the book is devoted to an examination of the interrelationship between these spiritual values and historical events. The author then proceeds with a thorough analysis of those elements of the American spirit that are most characteristic today: democracy, efficiency, liberality, provincialism, individuality, humor, and vision. These interpretations are presented from an original viewpoint that ignores conventional opinions and outwork clichés, giving the reader new insight into the forces that shape American history.

This book is valuable not only as a study of the past but also as a guide to understanding the contemporary scene and the course of America's future.