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The Oxford Companion to United States History
Joyce ApplebyJoyce Appleby

To speak of a person as an individual is to conceive of that man or woman as separate, autonomous, and self-interested, all qualities that distinguish the person from his or her group or family. Individualism refers to the nest of concepts that emphasize this independence of individuals in contrast to the earlier view of each human being as belonging to the overlapping social entities of church, family, craft, and locale.... ...

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