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Teichgraber (New York, 1993); ''A Tent on the Porch," American Heritage (July/August 1993); and "Weimar in America," American Scholar (Winter 1985-86) and are reproduced here by permission. Wilfred M. McClay is associate professor of history at Tulane University. Library of Congress Cataloging -in-Publication Data McCay, Wilfred M. The masterless: self and society in modern America / Wilfred M. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index ISBN 0-8078-21179 (alk. :alk. paper) 1. IndividualismUnited States.
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The true liberty will only begin when Americans discover ... the deepest whole self of man. D. H. Lawrence The most profound theme that can occupy the mind of man ... , on the one side, of and with the (conservative) Not Me, the whole of the material objective universe and laws, with what is behind them in time and space, on the other side? Walt Whitman Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. Psalms 61:2 Page 3 Introduction In my beginning is my end, wrote T. S. Eliot, and the book before you exemplifies this double-edged truth.