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

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Overview

The contributors to this volume recognize Americanism 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 12 essays stirs up new questions and debates that challenge us to rethink the model currently being exported to the rest of the world. The first group of essays addresses the understanding of Americanism within the US 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 20th and 21st centuries. Contributors include Mia Bay, Melani McAlister, Alan McPherson, Louis Menand, and Alan Wolfe, among others.

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Editorial Reviews

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A gem of a collection!

George J. Sanchez, University of Southern California, author of Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945

This admirable collection . . . enriches a necessary debate by complicating the conventional notion that Americanism belongs to the benighted.

Todd Gitlin, author of The Intellectuals and the Flag

This collection of superb essays . . . are provocative in the best sense of the word.

Joyce Appleby, University of California, Los Angeles, author of Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans

These essays sharpen and enliven the important debate about the character of American nationalism and its historic foundations.

David Hollinger, University of California, Berkeley, author of Postethnic America: Beyond Multiculturalism

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807858974
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Kazin is professor of history at Georgetown University and author or coauthor of four books, including William Jennings Bryan: A Godly Hero and America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s.

Joseph A. McCartin is associate professor of history at Georgetown University. He is author of Labor's Great War: The Struggle for Industrial Democracy and the Origins of Modern American Labor Relations, 1912-1921 (from the University of North Carolina Press) and coeditor of American Labor: A Documentary Collection.

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Table of Contents

I Whose America?
See your declaration Americans!!! : abolitionism, Americanism, and the revolutionary tradition in free black politics 25
Anticipating Americanism : an individual perspective on republicanism in the early republic 53
True Americanism : progressive era intellectuals and the problem of liberal nationalism 73
The American century of Henry R. Luce 90
The unlovely residue of outworn prejudices : the Hart-Celler Act and the politics of immigration reform, 1945-1965 108
In the shadow of Vietnam : liberal nationalism and the problem of war 128
Religious diversity : the American experiment that works 153
Americanism against American empire 169
Japanese intellectuals define America, from the 1920s through World War II 192
The promise of freedom, the friend of authority : American culture in postwar France 205
French views of American modernity : from text to subtext 221
Suffering sisters? : American feminists and the problem of female genital surgeries 242
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