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American Identity [Audio Lectures]


What defines an American? Is it the love of liberty, the pursuit of justice, the urge to invent, the desire for wealth, the drive to explore, the quest for spiritual values? The paradox of the American identity is that although the United States is a melting pot of many different traditions, motives, and ideals, there are nevertheless distinctive qualities that define the American character. In this course, historian Patrick N. Allitt investigates the national character by introducing you to notable Americans from all eras of the nation's history, whose lives speak eloquently about the qualities that make one truly American.

Taught by: Patrick N. Allitt, Emory University, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Course Lecture Titles
1. Being American
2. John Smith—The Colonial Promoter
3. William Penn—The Religious Liberty Advocate
4. Cotton Mather—The Puritan
5. Benjamin Franklin—The Improver
6. Francis Marion—The Guerrilla Soldier
7. Thomas Jefferson—The Patriot
8. Abigail Adams—The First Lady
9. Mother Ann Lee—The Religious Founder
10. Rittenhouse and Bartram—The Scientists
11. Eli Whitney—The Inventor
12. Lewis and Clark—The Explorers
13. Charles Grandison Finney—The Revivalist
14. Horace Mann—The Educator
15. Ralph Waldo Emerson—The Philosopher
16. Frederick Douglass—The Abolitionist
17. Edmund Ruffin—The Champion of Slavery
18. Brigham Young—The Religious Autocrat
19. Frederick Law Olmsted—The Landscape Architect
20. William Tecumseh Sherman—The General
21. Louisa May Alcott—The Professional Writer
22. Andrew Carnegie—Conscience-Stricken Entrepreneur
23. “Buffalo Bill”—The Westerner
24. Black Elk—The Holy Man
25. John Wesley Powell—The Desert Theorist
26. William Mulholland—The Water Engineer
27. Samuel Gompers—The Trade Unionist
28. Booker T. Washington—The "Race Leader"
29. Emma Goldman—The Anarchist
30. Abraham Cahan—The Immigrants' Advocate
31. Isabella Stewart Gardner—The Collector
32. Oliver Wendell Holmes—The Jurist
33. Henry Ford—The Mass Producer
34. Harry Houdini—The Sensationalist
35. Al Capone—The Crime Boss
36. Herbert Hoover—The Humanitarian
37. Helen Keller—The Inspiration
38. Duke Ellington—The Jazzman
39. Charles Lindbergh—The Aviator
40. Douglas MacArthur—The World-Power Warrior
41. Leonard Bernstein—The Musical Polymath
42. Shirley Temple—The Child Prodigy
43. George Wallace—The Demagogue
44. William F. Buckley, Jr.—The Conservative
45. Roberto Clemente—The Athlete
46. Betty Friedan—The Feminist
47. Jesse Jackson—The Civil Rights Legatee
48. Stability and Change

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