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Daughters of the Declaration: How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream by David Graham Burnett, Claire Gaudiani

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THIRTEEN
Conclusion: Cooperative Individualism
You and I must fight as never before to make our government realize the ideals upon which it was founded.... We must help save the soul of our own nation . . . so we can really save the world.
—Mary Bethune, “Americans All, Which Way America?”
 
 
 
 
American optimism and idealism reached a high watermark in 1938. Despite the hangover from the Great Depression, and the looming prospect of a second world war, Henry Luce felt justified in proclaiming the dawning of “the American Century,” a period when the core values of the United States would set the standard for the world. He described these values as follows:
a love of freedom, a feeling for the equality of opportunity, a tradition of self-reliance ...

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