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Kammen, Michael G.

Works: 130 works in 506 publications in 2 languages and 30,335 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Biography  Conference proceedings  Art  Exhibition catalogs 
Roles: Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor
Classifications: E169.1, 342.73029
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A machine that would go of itself : the Constitution in American culture by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
27 editions published between 1986 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,477 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the influence of the constitution on U.S. culture, looks at misconceptions concerning it, and describes how the Constitution has been interpreted, defended, and attacked
People of paradox; an inquiry concerning the origins of American civilization by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
45 editions published between 1972 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 1,860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In this major interpretive work Mr. Kammen argues that most attempt to understand America's history and culture have minimized its complexity, and he demonstrates that, from our beginnings, what has given our culture its distinctive texture, pattern, and thrust is the dynamic interaction of the imported and the indigenous. He shows now, during the years of colonization, especially in the century from 1660 to 1760, many ideas and institutions were transferred virtually unchanged from Britain, while, simultaneously, others were being transformed in the New World environment. As he unravels the tangled origins of our "bittersweet" culture, Mr. Kammen makes us see that unresolved contradictions in the American experience have functioned as the prime characteristic of our national style. Puritanical and hedonistic, idealistic and materialistic, peace-loving and war-mongering, isolationist and interventionist, consensus-minded and conflict-prone'these opposing strands go back to the roots of our history. He pursues them down through the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries'from the traumas of colonization and settlement through the tensions of the American Revolution'making clear both the relevance of this early experience to ninetieth and twentieth-century realities and the way in which America' dualisms have endured and accumulated to produced such dilemmas as today's poverty amidst abundance and legitimized lawlessness. Far from being a study in social pathology, People of Paradox is a depiction of a complex society and am explanations of its development'a bold interpretation that gives an entirely new perceptive to the American ethos
Colonial New York : a history by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
20 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Spheres of liberty changing perceptions of liberty in American culture by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
18 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and held by 1,550 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Liberty, one of the most consequential words in our language, is one of the most treasured concepts in American thought--and one of the most intensely debated. Its meaning is constantly shifting, changing not only from one culture to another but also, over time, within the same culture. No two definitions of liberty seem alike. In this subtle and illuminating work Michael Kammen traces the evolving concept of liberty throughout American history and provides a solid framework for understanding the meaning of the term today. He shows that by the early seventeenth century a tension between libert
Mystic chords of memory : the transformation of tradition in American culture by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
17 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and held by 1,501 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Mystic Chords of Memory "Illustrated with hundreds of well-chosen anecdotes and minute observations . . . Kammen is a demon researcher who seems to have mined his nuggets from the entire corpus of American cultural history . . . insightful and sardonic." 'Washington Post Book World In this ground-breaking, panoramic work of American cultural history, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Machine That Would Go of Itself examines a central paradox of our national identity How did "the land of the future" acquire a past' And to what extent has our collective memory of that past'as embodied in our traditions'have been distorted, or even manufactured' Ranging from John Adams to Ronald Reagan, from the origins of Independence Day celebrations to the controversies surrounding the Vietnam War Memorial, from the Daughters of the American Revolution to immigrant associations, and filled with incisive analyses of such phenonema as Americana and its collectors, "historic" villages and Disneyland, Mystic Chords of Memory is a brilliant, immensely readable, and enormously important book. "Fascinating . . . a subtle and teeming narrative . . . masterly." 'Time "This is a big, ambitious book, and Kammen pulls it off admirably. . . . [He] brings a prodigious mind and much scholarly rigor to his task . . . an importnat book'and a revealing look at how Americans look at themselves." 'Milwaukee Journal
In the past lane : historical perspectives on American culture by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
13 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 1,478 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his People of Paradox (1973), and the Francis Parkman Prize for A Machine That Would Go of Itself (1987), Michael Kammen is widely regarded as one of our most important, and most diversely talented, cultural historians. David Brion Davis has said of him that "no other historian of Michael's generation has such a broad and concrete grasp 'American culture' in all its manifestions from constitutional law to formal painting and popular culture." Now, In the Past Lane brings together writings from more than a decade, covering the broad spectrum of Kammen's recent interests, including the social role of the historian, the relationship between culture and the State, uses of tradition in American commercial culture, American historical art, memory distortion in American history, the contested uses of history in American education, and much more
The Past before us : contemporary historical writing in the United States by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
24 editions published between 1980 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Is there a distinctive American style of historical scholarship? To what extent have quantitative methods and computer technology affected the writing of history? Has descriptive history been supplanted by analytical history? What constitutes adequate historical explanation? These are just a few of the questions addresed in "The Past Before Us." The contributors, twenty-one distinguished historians, discuss the state of their profession today and describe their interests, activities, and problems. Reflecting new and exciting trends in historical research, their essays, taken together, provide a searching assessment of the major advances in historical methods as well as in historical knowledge during the 1970s"--Jacket
Visual shock : a history of art controversies in American culture by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
17 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in English and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Looks at the nature, diversity, causes, and persistence of controversies generated by art and artists since the 1830s, exploring the role of arts patrons, local and national governments, and the media in creating and maintaining controversies and assessing the effects, both positive and negative, of such disputes
American culture, American tastes : social change and the 20th century by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
19 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Americans have a long history of public arguments about taste, the uses of leisure, and what is culturally appropriate in a democracy that has a strong work ethic. Michael Kammen surveys these debates as well as our changing taste preferences, especially in the past century, and the shifting perceptions that have accompanied them." "Focusing on our own time, Kammen discusses the use of the fluid nature of cultural taste to enlarge audiences and increase revenues, and reveals how the public role of intellectuals and cultural critics has declined as the power of corporate sponsors and promoters has risen. As a result of this diminution of cultural authority, he says, definitive pronouncements have been replaced by divergent points of view, and there is, as well, a tendency to blur fact and fiction, reality and illusion."--BOOK JACKET
A season of youth : the American Revolution and the historical imagination by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
19 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,297 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Publisher description: What has the American Revolution meant to Americans during the two centuries since it began? In this book Kammen once again dispels the mists of cultural misunderstanding and national self-deception as he reveals to us how this, the most central event in our past, has been seen by those in the mainstream of our culture as well as by dissenting social critics. The result is a fresh and unprecedented contribution to American historical writing and to American self-knowledge
The Origins of the American Constitution : a documentary history ( Book )
7 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 1,273 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The lively arts Gilbert Seldes and the transformation of cultural criticism in the United States by Michael G Kammen ( )
10 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 1,265 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This work traces significant changes in 20th-century American culture through the career of Gilbert Seldes. Seldes' book "The Seven Lively Arts" produced a wide debate among intellectuals about the so-called "popular arts" (film, broadcasting, cartoons) and their importance to American culture
A rope of sand; the colonial agents, British politics, and the American Revolution by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
15 editions published between 1966 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
During the twenty years before the American Revolution, thirty-seven men acted as paid agent or lobbyists for the American colonies in England. The most famous among them were Benjamin Franklin, who represented four different colonies and served for seventeen years as agenet for Pennsylvania, and Edmund Burke, who accepted the position to further his own career. Yet the other thirty-five were also a colorful and heterogenous group. This detailed study, by a Pulitzer-prize-winning historian, of their activities and of the gradual breakdown of communications between the colonies and the mother country, until the link between the two become only "a rope of sand," is, in the words of the Richmond News Leader, "a new and invigorating approach to the American fight for independence." "Soundly documented, well organized and highly readable." - The New York Historical Society Quarterly "A challenging book about an important historical institution." - The Historian "A substantial contribution to our understanding of Anglo-American history during the eighteenth century." - The New England Quarterly "Both in concept and execution, A Rope of Sand is impressive." - The Journal of American History
Unknown terrain : the landscapes of Andrew Wyeth by Beth Venn ( Book )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,087 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This volume, which accompanies a landmark exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, is the first to focus exclusively on the exquisite landscape paintings and watercolors that Wyeth has been creating throughout his long career. Fluid, expressionistic, often breathtaking in their abstract beauty, these landscapes enable us to view Wyeth's work without the usual focus on narrative and anecdote. By revealing the art behind the story, they offer a fresh basis for understanding Wyeth's genius
Politics and society in colonial America: democracy or deference? by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
16 editions published between 1967 and 1978 in English and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Deputyes & libertyes; the origins of representative government in colonial America by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
7 editions published between 1969 and 1972 in English and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The history of the Province of New-York by William Smith ( Book )
15 editions published in 1972 in English and Undetermined and held by 770 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Robert Gwathmey : the life and art of a passionate observer by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
4 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"American artist Robert Gwathmey (1903-1988) was a leading member of the Social Realist movement that flourished from the 1930s through the 1950s. Motivated by the belief that asserting social consciousness and protest through art could effect significant positive change, Gwathmey and fellow Social Realists such as Ben Shahn, Philip Evergood, Jacob Lawrence, and Romare Bearden sought to use their art to expose privilege and pretense, demand social justice, and issue a call for major alterations in the prevailing socioeconomic system."--BOOK JACKET. "Gwathmey is perhaps best remembered as the first white American painter to depict African Americans in an unromanticized, respectful manner."--BOOK JACKET. "As a lifelong activist against injustice, Gwathmey was a devoted supporter of humane causes at home and abroad, a fact that prompted the FBI to keep him under surveillance for nearly thirty years. Using Gwathmey's FBI file, along with numerous interviews and records in the Archives of American Art, Michael Kammen crafts a compelling portrait of an engaging American painter in the midst of dramatic social and political change."--BOOK JACKET
Empire and interest: the American colonies and the politics of mercantilism by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
10 editions published in 1970 in English and Undetermined and held by 710 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Digging up the dead : a history of notable American reburials by Michael G Kammen ( Book )
14 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and Undetermined and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reveals a treasure trove of fascinating, surprising, and sometimes gruesome stories of exhumation and reburial from throughout American history
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Alternative Names
Kammen, M. G. 1936-2013
Kammen, Michael.
Kammen, Michael 1936-2013
Kammen, Michael G.
Kammen, Michael Gedaliah 1936-
Kammen, Michael Gedaliah 1936-2013
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