Tapestry: The History and Consequences of America's Complex Culture

Tapestry: The History and Consequences of America's Complex Culture

Tapestry: The History and Consequences of America's Complex Culture

Tapestry: The History and Consequences of America's Complex Culture

Synopsis

American culture is a rich and complex tapestry of colorful threads from at least five continents, and in recent decades increased immigration has meant that the pace of change is accelerating. It's time for us to get to know ourselves and really appreciate this rich, vast, and rapidly expanding culture. This book explores the contributions of Hispanic, Black, Native American, Oriental, Jewish and other cultures to a nation where many people still focus on the influences of Christian, capitalist, and ethnically European (particularly British) heritage. Written for a general audience, Tapestry explores the myths of American culture and reveals surprising cultural roots including the fact that American democracy and representative government were inspired more by Native American ways than by the ancient Greeks and Romans.Capitalism has become an unchallenged idea, a cultural universal, and so dogmatic that coupled with Christianity it has become America's dominant religion. However, capitalism is a 19th-century concept created for the bygone industrial era. Now the system is showing decay. Unfortunately, America is an ethnocentric country whose jingoistic belief in its own exceptionalism may prevent needed change. American culture has been both inclusive and intolerant. Now it stands at a crossroad and must decide what road to take. Are we to enter a renaissance or a dark age?

Excerpt

I want to show that gospel, country, blues, rhythm and blues,
jazz, and rock ’n’ roll are all just really one thing. Those are Ameri
can music and that is the American culture.

—Etta James

No culture can live, if it attempts to be exclusive

—Mahatma Gandhi

Just as the soil, however rich it may be, cannot be productive
without cultivation, so the mind without culture can never pro
duce fruit.

—Seneca Indian proverb

American culture has been both magnificent and disastrous. It has been both inclusive and intolerant, and it stands at a crossroad requiring a decision as to which direction it will turn. Is it entering a renaissance or a dark age?

Culture: the characteristic features of everyday existence, as diversions
or a way of life, shared by people in a place or time
.

American culture is a rich and complex tapestry of colorful threads from at least five continents, North and South America, Europe, Africa and Asia. It also includes influences from Polynesia. While the mainstay of American culture is Christian, capitalist, and eth culture, is to not understand the depth and the constantly changing dynamics of this rich, vast, and rapidly expanding culture.

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