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Kammen, Michael G.

Works: 142 works in 674 publications in 1 language and 32,688 library holdings
Genres: History  Sources  Conference papers and proceedings  Art  Biography  Exhibition catalogs  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Contributor, Other
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Most widely held works about Michael G Kammen
  • History 421 papers by Cornell University( )
  • by McNeil Center for Early American Studies( )
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Most widely held works by Michael G Kammen
A machine that would go of itself : the Constitution in American culture by Michael G Kammen( Book )

36 editions published between 1986 and 2017 in English and held by 2,318 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
In the past lane : historical perspectives on American culture by Michael G Kammen( )

20 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 2,080 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 lively arts : Gilbert Seldes and the transformation of cultural criticism in the United States by Michael G Kammen( )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2014 in English and held by 1,860 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

He was a friend of James Joyce, Pablo Picasso, e.e. cummings, John Dos Passos, Irving Berlin, and F. Scott Fitzgerald - and the enemy of Ezra Pound, H.L. Mencken, and Ernest Hemingway. He was so influential a critic that Edmund Wilson declared that he had played a leading role in the "liquidation of genteel culture in America." Yet today many students of American culture would not recognize his name. He was Gilbert Seldes, and in this brilliant biographical study, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Michael Kammen recreates a singularly American life of letters. Equally important, Kammen uses Seldes's life as a lens through which to bring into sharp focus the dramatic shifts in American culture that occurred in the half-century after World War I. As he traces Seldes's remarkable evolution from an acknowledged aesthete and highbrow to a cultural democrat with a passion for the popular arts, Kammen recaptures the critic's prescience, wit, and generosity for a newly expanded audience. We witness Seldes's triumphs and travails as managing editor of The Dial, the most influential literary magazine of its time, and read of New York's endlessly feuding publications and literary rivalries. Kammen offers wonderfully detailed accounts of The Dial's introduction of "The Wasteland" in its November 1922 issue; Seldes's review of Ulysses for The Nation, one of the first (if not the very first) to appear in the U.S.; and the complete story of the writing, publication, and critical reception of The Seven Lively Arts, Seldes's most influential book. And Kammen also covers Seldes's astonishingly versatile later career as a freelance writer (on every conceivable subject), historian, novelist, playwright, filmmaker, radio scriptwriter, the first program director for CBS Television, and the founding dean of the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania
People of paradox; an inquiry concerning the origins of American civilization by Michael Kammen( Book )

52 editions published between 1972 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,790 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the beginning, what has given our culture its distinctive texture, pattern, and thrust, according to [the author], is the dynamic interaction of the imported and the indigenous. He shows how, during the years of colonization, some ideas and institutions were transferred virtually intact from Britain, while, simultaneously, others were being transformed in the New World. As he unravels the tangled origins of our culture, he makes us see that unresolved contradictions in the American experience have created our national style. Puritanical and hedonistic, idealistic and materialistic, peace-loving and war-mongering--these opposing strands go back to the genesis of our history"--
The Past before us : contemporary historical writing in the United States by Michael Kammen( Book )

34 editions published between 1980 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,606 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
Colonial New York : a history by Michael G Kammen( Book )

29 editions published between 1975 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,533 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Spheres of liberty : changing perceptions of liberty in American culture by Michael G Kammen( Book )

23 editions published between 1985 and 2001 in English and held by 1,507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

""In this insightful book, Michael Kammen analyzes the changing concept of liberty throughout American history. His book is divided into three essays that cover the colonial and revolutionary periods, the nineteenth century, and the twentieth century." -- Publisher's description
Mystic chords of memory : the transformation of tradition in American culture by Michael G Kammen( Book )

21 editions published between 1991 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this ground-breaking, panoramic work of American cultural history, the author 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 - 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 inclusive analyses of such phenomena as Americana and its collectors, "historic" villages and Disneyland, Mystic Chords of Memory is a brilliant, immensely readable, and enormously important book.--
Digging up the dead : a history of notable American reburials by Michael G Kammen( )

13 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Reveals a treasure trove of fascinating, surprising, and sometimes gruesome stories of exhumation and reburial from throughout American history
American culture, American tastes : social change and the 20th century by Michael G Kammen( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 1,340 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."--Jacket
Visual shock : a history of art controversies in American culture by Michael G Kammen( Book )

18 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 1,318 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the early years of the American Republic to the present, art and architecture have consistently aroused major disputes among artists, critics, scholars, politicians, and ordinary citizens. Now one of our most respected cultural historians chronicles these clamorous debates about the public appropriateness of paintings, sculpture, memorials, and monuments. Michael Kammen examines the nature, diversity, and persistence of major disputes generated by art and artists and shows what has changed since the 1830s and why. He looks at the role of artists and patrons, local and national governments, conservatives and liberals, and the media in creating and sustaining heated controversies. We see the notable acceleration of such episodes since the 1960s; the effect of the democratization of American museums; the quest for provocative shows to attract crowds; the increased visibility resulting from the public art movement that has stirred anger and created some of our stormiest battles; the desire of many artists and galleries to shock, provoke, and contest, engendering the perplexity, if not outright hostility, of audiences; the use of art as social criticism; the effort to include and appeal to minorities; the threat of litigation and the role of courts; and the commercialization stemming from dependence on corporate sponsorship. Kammen's central themes include such questions as, What kind of art is most appropriate for a democratic society? What should our relationship be to Old World criteria of excellence in the arts? How can we achieve a distinctively American art? Why have so many controversies hinged upon issues of nudity, decency, and sexuality? Why has public art (most notably sculpture) become so politicized since the late 1960s? He explores the "death-of-art" debate that began in the 1970s and issues of censorship that have arisen over time. Finally, he asks whether art controversies have invariably had a negative effect - noticing the interesting ways in which minds have been changed and museums have overcome difficult episodes. He also reminds us that when New York's Museum of Modern Art celebrated its twentieth-fifth anniversary, President Dwight Eisenhower declared "as long as artists are at liberty to feel with high personal intensity, as long as our artists are free to create with sincerity and conviction, there will be healthy controversy and progress in art." Kammen agrees. -- from dust jacket
A season of youth : the American Revolution and the historical imagination by Michael Kammen( Book )

26 editions published between 1978 and 1988 in English and held by 1,260 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 )

8 editions published between 1986 and 1987 in English and held by 1,193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Historian Michael Kammen presents here, for the first time, the documented history of the evolution of the American Constitution--from the early influential ideas of the state constitutions and The Articles of Confederation to the political writings of The Federalist papers and the dissenting views of the Anti-Federalist papers. Using personal correspondence between Madison, Washington, Jefferson, and others, Kammen re-creates the debates and behind-the-scenes negotiations that unfolded at the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 and the reflections, years later, of the founders on their brilliant, complex creation"--Back cover
A rope of sand : the colonial agents, British politics, and the American Revolution by Michael G Kammen( Book )

16 editions published between 1966 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,135 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 )

10 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,068 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
The history of the Province of New-York by William Smith( Book )

18 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 883 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Politics and society in colonial America: democracy or deference? by Michael G Kammen( Book )

33 editions published between 1967 and 1978 in English and Undetermined and held by 867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deputyes & libertyes; the origins of representative government in colonial America by Michael G Kammen( Book )

11 editions published between 1969 and 1972 in English and held by 778 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Glorious Revolution in America : documents on the colonial crisis of 1689 by Michael G Hall( )

17 editions published between 1964 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 761 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The Glorious Revolution of 1688, which forced James II from the English throne and established the reign of William and Mary, created a major crisis among the English colonies in America. Following news of England's revolution, a series of rebellions and insurrections erupted in colonial America from Massachusetts to Carolina. Although the upheavals of 1689 were sparked by local grievances in each of the rebellious colonies, there were also general causes for the repudiation of Stuart authority in the New World, fundamental motives and political aspirations which linked the colonies together and in the outcome radically altered the course of colonial development"--Prologue, page 3
Robert Gwathmey : the life and art of a passionate observer by Michael Kammen( Book )

7 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 697 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."--Jacket
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Digging up the dead : a history of notable American reburials
In the past lane : historical perspectives on American cultureThe lively arts : Gilbert Seldes and the transformation of cultural criticism in the United StatesPeople of paradox; an inquiry concerning the origins of American civilizationColonial New York : a historySpheres of liberty : changing perceptions of liberty in American cultureMystic chords of memory : the transformation of tradition in American cultureDigging up the dead : a history of notable American reburialsAmerican culture, American tastes : social change and the 20th century
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

Michael Kammen American historian

Michael Kammen Amerikaans cultureel historicus (1936-2013)

Michael Kammen historiador estadounidense

Michael Kammen historiador estatunidenc

Michael Kammen US-amerikanischer Historiker

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