Neither Blue Nor Gray

George P. Fletcher

in Our Secret Constitution

Published in print March 2003 | ISBN: 9780195156287
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199872169 | DOI:
Neither Blue Nor Gray

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This concluding chapter examines the postbellum rise of the philosophical school of Pragmatism, promoted in large part by Oliver Wendell Holmes. The author argues for Pragmatism as a response to the ideological extremes that spawned the Civil War, but asserts that neither path adequately describes the U.S. today. Rather, our nationhood rests in the tension between these two opposing ideals.

Keywords: Civil War; Oliver Wendell Holmes; nationhood; pragmatism

Chapter.  1777 words. 

Subjects: US Politics

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