Restless Nation: Starting Over in America by James M. Jasper

By James M. Jasper

In stressed state, James M. Jasper isolates a story that lies very on the subject of the center of the yank personality. From colonial instances to the current day, american citizens have continuously had a deep-rooted trust within the "fresh start"—a trust that also has american citizens relocating from position to put speedier than the electorate of the other country.

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Toni Morrison captures the rapturous expectations of Harlem in her novel Jazz. The main characters, Joe and Violet, have come as far north as Baltimore, where “their Baltimore dreams were displaced by more powerful ones. Joe knew people living in the City and some who’d been there and come home with tales to make 32 C H A P T E R O N E Baltimore weep. . White people literally threw money at you—just for being neighborly: opening a taxi door, picking up a package. ” On the train their excitement builds as they leave southern states and find that the train is no longer segregated by race.

Again and again, Americans’ optimism has proven well grounded. America was born as a dream and has been maintained as an ideal. As President Woodrow Wilson said, “Sometimes people call me an T H E L A N D O F T H E D R E A M 37 American men dream of escape even when they think they could never do it. Richard Ford describes one of them in his story, “The Womanizer”: “In the past, when he and Barbara had had a row and he had felt like just getting in the car and driving to Montana or Alaska to work for the forest service— never writing, never calling, though not actually going to the trouble of concealing his identity or whereabouts—he’d found he could never face the moment of actual leaving.

Or in most other colonial societies, where indigenous populations better survived the onslaught and retained many of their own traditions and expectations. North America was emptied of most of its inhabitants, ready to be filled with Europe’s emerging projects and ambitions. “In the beginning, all the world was America,” wrote another Englishman, John Locke, whose philosophy was opposed to Berkeley’s in every way except for the important role they allotted to America (and their shared interest in colonizing it).

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