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A More Perfect Union: Holistic Worldviews and the Transformation of American Culture after World War II

Linda Sargent Wood


This book uncovers a strong holistic impulse in post–World War II American culture that both challenged the logic of the Cold War and fed some of the twentieth century's most powerful social movements, from civil rights to the counterculture to environmentalism. The study examines important leaders and institutions that embraced and put into practice a holistic vision for a peaceful, healthful, and just world: nature writer Rachel Carson; structural engineer R. Buckminster Fuller; civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.; humanistic psychologist Abraham Maslow; Jesuit priest and paleontologi ... More

Keywords: holism, 1960s, communitarian, environmentalism, civil rights, counterculture, social movements, human potential movement, spirituality, American culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780195377743
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377743.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Linda Sargent Wood, author
Arizona State University
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