By John Carlos Rowe
'A better half to American Studies' is a vital quantity that brings jointly voices and scholarship from around the spectrum of yank experience.
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• Explores the connection among American experiences and allied fields equivalent to Ethnic reports, Feminist, Queer and Latin American Studies
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Deborah Madsen’s “The West and Manifest Destiny” (chapter 19) shows how significantly an older category of American Studies has been transformed by newer approaches. The West is, of course, part of regionalism, even if it has been treated so broadly and abstractly in US history as to make such a designation almost useless. Like McNamara, Madsen recognizes the importance of environmentalists in our understanding of the “new” West, especially in these scholars’ attention to water rights, leading to conflicts between agribusinesses and family farmers that dramatically shaped the settlement of the West.
He had not, after all, been trained in such scholarship but, autodidact that he was, had picked it up as he needed it. Another matter concerned the whole problematic concept of a distinctive Puritan “mind,” for the more that scholars focused on individual Puritan writers – like Thomas Hooker, Thomas Shepard, and John Cotton, say – the more apparent were subtle but important differences in their views. Thus, Miller’s presumption that it was permissible to treat “the whole literature as though it were the product of a single intelligence” became less tenable (1939: vii).
Such scholarship about the purported uniqueness of the American experience coincided with the establishment at the college and university level of courses and 22 Puritan Origins programs that eventually coalesced into the American Studies movement. In 1931, for example, at Yale University the historian Ralph Henry Gabriel joined his colleague in English, Stanley T. Williams, to teach a course on “American Thought and Civilization” and six years later published a textbook, The American Mind, which had eventuated from their classroom work.
A Concise Companion to American Studies (Blackwell Companions in Cultural Studies) by John Carlos Rowe