Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal / Edition 1

Americanism: New Perspectives on the History of an Ideal / Edition 1

by Michael Kazin
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0807830100

ISBN-13: 9780807830109

Pub. Date: 04/03/2006

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

What is Americanism? The contributors to this volume recognize Americanism in all its complexity—as an ideology, an articulation of the nation's rightful place in the world, a set of traditions, a political language, and a cultural style imbued with political meaning. In response to the pervasive vision of Americanism as a battle cry or a smug assumption, this

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What is Americanism? The contributors to this volume recognize Americanism in all its complexity—as an ideology, an articulation of the nation's rightful place in the world, a set of traditions, a political language, and a cultural style imbued with political meaning. In response to the pervasive vision of Americanism as a battle cry or a smug assumption, this collection of essays stirs up new questions and debates that challenge us to rethink the model currently being exported, too often by force, to the rest of the world.

Crafted by a cast of both rising and renowned intellectuals from three continents, the twelve essays in this volume are divided into two sections. The first group of essays addresses the understanding of Americanism within the United States over the past two centuries, from the early republic to the war in Iraq. The second section provides perspectives from around the world in an effort to make sense of how the national creed and its critics have shaped diplomacy, war, and global culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Approaching a controversial ideology as both scholars and citizens, many of the essayists call for a revival of the ideals of Americanism in a new progressive politics that can bring together an increasingly polarized and fragmented citizenry.

Contributors:
Mia Bay, Rutgers University
Jun Furuya, Hokkaido University, Japan
Gary Gerstle, University of Maryland
Jonathan M. Hansen, Harvard University
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University
Rob Kroes, University of Amsterdam
Melani McAlister, The George Washington University
Joseph A. McCartin, Georgetown University
Alan McPherson, Howard University
Louis Menand, Harvard University
Mae M. Ngai, University of Chicago
Robert Shalhope, University of Oklahoma
Stephen J. Whitfield, Brandeis University
Alan Wolfe, Boston College

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807830109
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
04/03/2006
Edition description:
1
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Introduction   Michael Kazin   Joseph A. McCartin     1
Whose America?
See Your Declaration Americans!!!: Abolitionism, Americanism, and the Revolutionary Tradition in Free Black Politics   Mia Bay     25
Anticipating Americanism: An Individual Perspective on Republicanism in the Early Republic   Robert Shalhope     53
True Americanism: Progressive Era Intellectuals and the Problem of Liberal Nationalism   Jonathan Hansen     73
The American Century of Henry R. Luce   Stephen J. Whitfield     90
The Unlovely Residue of Outworn Prejudices: The Hart-Celler Act and the Politics of Immigration Reform, 1945-1965   Mae M. Ngai     108
In the Shadow of Vietnam: Liberal Nationalism and the Problem of War   Gary Gerstle     128
Religious Diversity: The American Experiment That Works   Alan Wolfe     153
Americanism in the World
Americanism against American Empire   Alan McPherson     169
Japanese Intellectuals Define America, from the 1920s through World War II   Jun Furuya     192
The Promise of Freedom, the Friend of Authority: American Culture in Postwar France   Louis Menand     205
French Views of American Modernity: From Text to Subtext   Rob Kroes     221
Suffering Sisters? American Feminists and the Problem of Female Genital Surgeries   Melani McAlister     242
Contributors     263
Acknowledgments     265
Index     267

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