Beard HW - Define them The two schools of individualism are...

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Steve Hughey HST 213 3/11/08 A39235778 Charles Beard – “The Myth of Rugged Individualism” 1. What are the elements of the “sacred creed of rugged American individualism?” Stripped of “all flashy rhetoric,” what does the theory amount to in practice? The main element of this sacred creed is “autonomous, independent” individuality. The theory amounts to the abandonment and negation of American civilization. 2. In what ways is the government involved in business, and who did most to get it involved? The government regulates the railroads, the waterways, shipping, and most other forms of transportation. The government got involved in each of these at the insistence of rugged individuals. 3. What are the two schools of individualism?
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Unformatted text preview: Define them. The two schools of individualism are American and English. The American school is associated with Jefferson, who wanted the US to be a primarily agrarian country with a government just strong enough to keep the country together. The English school is associated with Cobden, who wanted the US to be an industrious nation, in which manufacturers could treat its employees however it saw fit, and thus, the nation would need not fear foreign competition. 4. What is the alternative, if any, to the individualist creed? The alternative to the individualist creed would certainly be working to better the nation as a whole, instead of “working for his [own] pocket,” as Croker put it....
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