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Contents Preface Acknowledgments Part I: Cynicism and the American Dream Chapter 1: The Face of the American Cynic Profiles in Cynicism Cynicism and Irony A Cynical Nation Chapter 2: Toward a Definition of Cynicism Socrates Gone Mad The Beginnings of Modern Cynicism Cynics and Kynics Powerful Cynics and Powerless Cynics Routine Cynicsim Mass Cynicism Causes, Effects, and Techniques of Cynicism Enlightened False Consciousness Chapter 3: The American Dream The New Land, Individualism, and the American Dream The Two Faces of the American Dream The American Dream of Progress The Standardization of the American Dream The Arrogance of the American Dream Dreams, Expectations, Promises, Rights, and Entitlements The American Dream at the Turn of the Twenty-first Century Part II: The Evolution of the American Dream and the Changing Face of Cynicism in America Chapter 4: The Origins of the American Dream, 1492-1800 European Background, 1492-1660 The Early Colonial Period, 1607-1700 The Late Colonial Period, 1700-1763 The Revolutionary Period, 1763-1800 Chapter 5: The Two Faces of the American Dream, 1800-1865 The Virginia Dynasty, 1800-1828 The Industrial Revolution in America Adam Smith and the American Dream The Age of Jackson, 1828-1860 The American Renaissance The American Civil War Chapter 6: The Plunder of the American Dream, 1865-1929 The Gilded Age The End of the Frontier The Beginnings of Criticism Chapter 7: The Selling of the American Dream, 1929-1970 The Great Depression and the New Deal Great Expectations Part III: The American Dream and Cynicism in American Today Chapter 8: The Causes of Cynicism in America Predispositions Faith Abused and Dreams Disappointed Cynicism and the American Media Chapter 9: The Effects of Cynicism in America The Sword and the Shield Cynicism and the Status Quo Cynicism and the American Dream Part IV: A New American Dream Chapter 10: A Cure for Cynicism in America For Common Things The Problem with Belief Confronting Cynicism Confronting the Modern Condition Confronting the American Dream A Question of Balance Notes Bibliography Index About the Author
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Public opinion -- United States.
Social psychology -- United States.
Cynicism -- United States.