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
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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.

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. The contributors are Mia Bay, Jun Furuya, Gary Gerstle, Jonathan M. Hansen, Michael Kazin, Rob Kroes, Melani McAlister, Joseph A. McCartin, Alan McPherson, Louis Menand, Mae M. Ngai, Robert Shalhope, Stephen J. Whitfield, and Alan Wolfe. The editors are Michael Kazin and Joseph A. McCartin.

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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

IWhose America?
See your declaration Americans!!! : abolitionism, Americanism, and the revolutionary tradition in free black politics25
Anticipating Americanism : an individual perspective on republicanism in the early republic53
True Americanism : progressive era intellectuals and the problem of liberal nationalism73
The American century of Henry R. Luce90
The unlovely residue of outworn prejudices : the Hart-Celler Act and the politics of immigration reform, 1945-1965108
In the shadow of Vietnam : liberal nationalism and the problem of war128
Religious diversity : the American experiment that works153
Americanism against American empire169
Japanese intellectuals define America, from the 1920s through World War II192
The promise of freedom, the friend of authority : American culture in postwar France205
French views of American modernity : from text to subtext221
Suffering sisters? : American feminists and the problem of female genital surgeries242

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