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, Volume 32, Issue 3, pp 422–425 | Cite as

The Hopeful Land

Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, Wilfred McClay, Encounter Books, 2019, 504 pp., $20.99 hardcover.
  • David RandallEmail author

Wilfred McClay’s marvelous essay on American history, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story, pushes back against the content and the form of American history textbooks: “It [Land of Hope] means to offer to American readers, young and old alike, an accurate, responsible, coherent, persuasive, and inspiring narrative account of their own country—an account that will inform and deepen their sense of the land they inhabit and equip them for the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship.” Alas, there is need. The acids of anti-Americanism, both Marxist and Multicultural, have produced a generation of textbooks unwilling to regard America with affection or as a unity. McClay indeed has written what history textbooks avoid: an engaging narrative, without the anxious busyness of footnotes, section breaks, insets, or charts. McClay follows Adam Smith’s stricture that “It is not his [the historian’s] business to bring proofs for propositions but to narrate facts.” In so...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.National Association of ScholarsNew YorkUSA

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