Why do so many different people with widely dissimilar ideas and customs get along as Americans? In American Beliefs, John McElroy identifies and explains those essential ideas that keep a big country and a diverse people united, tracing them historically from their origins in the earliest experiences of the American colonists. A powerful antidote to decades of concentration on the differences among Americans."A magnificent and timely book. John McElroy picks up where de Tocqueville left off."-Charles Moskos.
John McElroy is emeritus professor of English at the University of Arizona. He has taught and traveled widely in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America, and has twice been a Fulbright professor. He has also written Finding Freedom.