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Restless Nation

Starting Over in America

In Restless Nation, James M. Jasper isolates a narrative that lies very close to the core of the American character. From colonial times to the present day, Americans have always had a deep-rooted belief in the "fresh start"—a belief that still has Americans moving from place to place faster than the citizens of any other nation.

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276 pages | 36 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2000

Culture Studies

Economics and Business: Business--Industry and Labor

Geography: Cultural and Historical Geography

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

Political Science: American Government and Politics

Sociology: General Sociology

Table of Contents

1. The Land of the Dream
2. The Most Likely to Succeed
3. New Places, Names, Selves
4. Boom Land
5. The Great Lottery
6. An Alien Power
7. The Culture of Flight
8. Fleeing the Nest
Conclusion: Are Americans Ready to Settle Down?
Suggestions for Further Reading

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