Are Americans Secretly Homesick?
According to a new history, we were never a nation of rugged individualists. We were—and still are—nostalgic homebodies.
By Libby Copeland|Posted Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at 4:37 PM ET
We like to think of Americans as restless westward wanderers, forever striking out for new territories. We don’t look back; we squint into the sun. We imagine the immigrants who built this nation as optimistic, rugged folk, shaking off old ways to hustle in a land of inventors and entrepreneurs. If these people missed home in their relentless drive to conquer, they didn’t dwell on it.
Except they did. […]
Read the full story here: Slate Magazine
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