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Book Review: Suburban Nation


book Review: Suburban Nation

people there. If this is true, I think it paints a very pessimistic world-view. Planters spared no expense to train their sons to be strong, forceful, and not take nothin from nobody. We grudgingly acknowledge these features when we admit that maybe making the Middle East exactly like America in every way is more of a long-term project than something that will happen as soon as we kick out the latest dictator and get treated as liberators. Penn is universally known to Americans as that guy Pennsylvania is named after but actually was a larger-than-life 17th century superman. C : The Quakers Fischer warns against the temptation to think of the Quakers as normal modern people, but he has to warn us precisely because its so tempting. In 1692, 25 of women over age 45 in Essex County were accused of witchcraft. Fischer argues that the Quaker ban on military activity within their territory would have doomed them in most other American regions, but by extreme good luck the Indians in the Delaware Valley were almost as peaceful as the Quakers. Aside from west Pennsylvania, this is very close to where we would expect to find the Borderers. Like many Quakers he was arrested for blasphemy; unlike many Quakers, they couldnt make the conviction stick; in his trial he conducted his defense so brilliantly that the jurors refused to convict him even when threatened with prison themselves, and the case became a landmark. Consider for example the interaction between race and class; a black person with a white-sounding name, who speaks with a white-sounding accent, and who adopts white culture (eg listens to classical music, wears business suits) is far more likely to seem upper-class than a black.

Book Review: Suburban Nation
book Review: Suburban Nation

In school, we tend to think of the original American colonists as Englishmen, a maximally non-diverse group who form the background for all of the diversity and ethnic conflict to come later. This led to the modern stereotype of Appalachians as inbred and incestuous. And indeed, everything was dour, strict, oppressive, and very religious. In a post-apocalyptic America where the once-picturesque countryside has become a desolate and violent wasteland, one man (Denzel Washington) fights to protect that sacred tome that could hold the key to the survival of the human race in this futuristic thriller from filmmaking duo Albert. Most sources I can find suggest they were set up along the Virginia model of plantation-owning aristocrats, but if thats true how did the modern populations come to so embody Fischers description of Borderers? Murder rates were half those in other American colonies.


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