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NA NA Lipsets American Creed Liberty Egalitarianism Individualism Populism Laissez-faire These five concepts embody the American creed as described by author Seymour Martin Lipset Lipset feels that this American creed is representative of an ideology that all Americans share Lipsets argument is on shaky ground however when scrutinized under the microscope of race Racial relations in this country do much to undermine the validity of Lipsets argument especially the concepts of egalitarianism and populism Take for example The Deforming Mirror of Truth the introduction to a book by Nathan Huggins entitled Black Odyssey The African-American Ordeal in Slavery This introduction focuses on how slavery fit into the national consciousness Without a doubt there is a powerful abnormality in the founding of America The documents establishing a country where all men are created equal neglect to address or even mention by name those people whose lives were merely the extension of the masters will Huggins xiv Indeed this suggests that the Founding Fathers had an out of sight out of mind mentality towards the issue of slavery While Huggins understands why the Founding Fathers may have elected to ignore the issue he hardly thinks that it was a good idea It encouraged the belief that American history-its institutions its values its people- was one thing and racial slavery and oppression were a different story Huggins xii He reinforces this idea by looking at the historical perspective that was prevalent in America until only recently American historians guarding the ideological integrity of the center have wanted to treat race and slavery as matters apart from the real central story of American history Huggins xvi Race and slavery Two concepts that most people would agree are forever linked in America To assume that blacks and white became equals after the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War is ludicrous The South immediately began establishing what
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