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By Colin Woodard

The writer of American Nations examines the historical past of and strategies to the major American query: how top to reconcile person liberty with the upkeep of a loose society

The fight among person rights and the nice of the group as an entire has been the foundation of approximately each significant confrontation in our heritage, from the debates on the Constitutional conference and within the run as much as the Civil warfare to the fights surrounding the agendas of the Federalists, the Progressives, the recent purchasers, the civil rights flow, and the Tea occasion. In American Character, Colin Woodard lines those key strands in American politics during the 4 centuries of the nation’s life, from the 1st colonies throughout the Gilded Age, nice melancholy and the current day, and he explores how assorted areas of the rustic have effectively or disastrously accommodated them. The self reliant streak stumbled on its such a lot pernicious shape within the antebellum South yet used to be balanced within the Gilded Age by means of communitarian reform efforts; the hot Deal was once an instance of a winning coalition among communitarian-minded japanese elites and Southerners.

Woodard argues that preserving a liberal democracy, a society the place mass human freedom is feasible, calls for discovering a stability among keeping  individual liberty and nurturing a loose society. Going to both libertarian or collectivist extremes leads to tyranny. yet the place does the “sweet spot” lie within the usa, a federation of disparate local cultures that experience consistently strongly disagreed on those matters? Woodard leads readers on a riveting and revealing trip via 4 centuries of fight, experimentation, successes and screw ups to supply a solution. His traditionally trained and pragmatic feedback on the way to accomplish that stability and holiday the nation’s  political impasse could be of curiosity to a person who cares concerning the present American predicament—political, ideological, and sociological.

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30 Map of Los Cerritos before 1920. This map, compiled from several made by Loretta Berner, with some revisions by the author, identifies the original street names in the Los Cerritos subdivision along with the surrounding ranches, and it illustrates the proximity to the Cerritos Colony. The locations of the George H. Bixby and Richard Bixby homes are also shown. ) 31 John Louis Vignes. Vignes was a rancher and a dairyman. K. Bixby, William Humphreys, and Arthur W. Kinney. ) Vital Vignes Family.

In the background is the El Rodeo Club, which had a prominent location overlooking the park. ) Will J. Reid. A prominent Los Cerritos resident was Will J. Reid, who provided insurance coverage for commercial fishing vessels before he invested in the Hancock Oil Company. A community leader and philanthropist, Reid was a hunter who became an avid conservationist and president of Ducks Unlimited. Reid published the history of the Los Cerritos Gun Club. 40 Bradley Family. Charles Alexander Bradley Sr.

Merrell was the daughter of shipbuilder John F Craig. She married Thomas Merrell. She is shown in their home at 4201 Chestnut. She was an active club woman and a great organizer of events for the children of the neighborhood. The Merrells had three children: Edith, Marjorie, and John. ) 48 Manley and Dorothy Natland. Manley Natland was a geologist who worked for Shell and then the Atlantic Richfield Corporation (ARCO). He used fossilized rock found at the construction site of the ARCO Towers in Los Angeles to make tables and statuary.

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