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This profile was last updated on 9/29/13  and contains information from public web pages.

Warren I. Susman

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  • Historian
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We shifted from what cultural historian ..., 29 Sept 2013 [cached]
We shifted from what cultural historian Warren Susman called a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality.
"The social role demanded of all in the Culture of Personality was that of a performer," Susman wrote.
Ransom Fellowship Publishers of Notes from Toad Hall and Critique, 13 Dec 2012 [cached]
Historian Warren Susman referred to it as a shift from a Culture of Character to a Culture of Personality.
"Susman counted the words that appeared most frequently," Cain says, "in the personality-driven advice manuals of the early twentieth century and compared them to the character guides of the nineteenth century.
America once embodied what the cultural ..., 30 Jan 2013 [cached]
America once embodied what the cultural historian Warren Susman called a “Culture of Character,†which valued inner strength, integrity, and the good deeds you performed when no one was looking.
As the historian Warren ..., 27 Nov 2006 [cached]
As the historian Warren Susman characterized it, Americans stuck together to fight the Depression; then to fight the Nazis; then simply because they were used to it; eventually they just got tired of sticking together.
Cultural historian Warren Susman ... [cached]
Cultural historian Warren Susman researched the rise and fall of the concept of character, tracing its prevalence in literature and the self-improvement manuals and guides popular in different eras. What he found is that the use of the term "character" began in the 17th century and peaked in the 19th - a century, Susman, writes, that embodied "a culture of character. During the 1800s, "character was a key word in the vocabulary of Englishmen and Americans," and men were spoken of as having strong or weak character, good or bad character, a great deal of character or no character at all. Young people were admonished to cultivate real character, high character, and noble character and told that character was the most priceless thing they could ever attain. Starting at the beginning of the 20th century, however, Susman found that the ideal of character began to be replaced by that of personality.
Susman observed this shift through the changing content of self-improvement manuals, which went from emphasizing moral imperatives and work to personal fulfillment and self-actualization. "The vision of self-sacrifice began to yield to that of self-realization," he writes.
Susman illuminates this difference by noting that while the words most associated with character in the nineteenth century were "citizenship, duty, democracy, work, building, golden deeds, outdoor life, conquest, honor, reputation, morals, manners, integrity, and above all, manhood," the words most associated with personality in the twentieth were "fascinating, stunning, attractive, magnetic, glowing, masterful, creative, dominant, and forceful."
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