When one examines American culture, one inevitably finds all the hard facts, but one also sees the earnest longings and heroic struggles for something different that have characterized the American past. (Lipsitz, G. (1990). Time passages: Collective memory and American popular culture. Minneapolis, London: University of Minnesota Press.
George Lipsitz reminds us that history cannot be escaped, and yet it cannot be the essential signifier of a people.