Bonds of Affection: Americans Define Their Patriotism / Edition 1

Bonds of Affection: Americans Define Their Patriotism / Edition 1

by John Bodnar
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0691043965

ISBN-13: 9780691043968

Pub. Date: 05/13/1996

Publisher: Princeton University Press

During the Civil War, Walt Whitman described his admiration for the Union soldiers' loyalty to the ideal of democracy. His argument, that this faith bonded Americans to their nation, has received little critical attention, yet today it raises increasingly relevant questions about American patriotism in the face of growing nationalist sentiment worldwide. Here a

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During the Civil War, Walt Whitman described his admiration for the Union soldiers' loyalty to the ideal of democracy. His argument, that this faith bonded Americans to their nation, has received little critical attention, yet today it raises increasingly relevant questions about American patriotism in the face of growing nationalist sentiment worldwide. Here a group of scholars explores the manner in which Americans have discussed and practiced their patriotism over the past two hundred years. Their essays investigate, for example, the extent to which the promise of democracy has explained citizen loyalty, what other factors—such as devotion to home and family—have influenced patriotism, and how patriotism has often served as a tool to maintain the power of a dominant group and to obscure internal social ills.

This volume examines the use of patriotic language and symbols in building unity in the early republic, rebuilding the nation after the Civil War, and sustaining loyalty in an increasingly diverse society. Continuing through the World Wars to the Clinton presidency, the essay topics range from multiculturalism to reactions toward masculine power. In addition to the editor, the contributors include Cynthia M. Koch, Cecilia Elizabeth O'Leary, Andrew Neather, Stuart McConnell, Gaines M. Foster, Kimberly Jensen, David Glassberg and J. Michael Moore, Lawrence R. Samuel, Robert B. Westbrook, Wendy Kozol, George Lipsitz, Barbara Truesdell, Robin Wagner-Pacifici, and William B. Cohen.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691043968
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
05/13/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Attractions of Patriotism3
Ch. 1Teaching Patriotism: Private Virtue for the Public Good in the Early Republic19
Ch. 2"Blood Brotherhood": The Racialization of Patriotism, 1865-191853
Ch. 3Labor Republicanism, Race, and Popular Patriotism in the Era of Empire, 1890-191482
Ch. 4Reading the Flag: A Reconsideration of the Patriotic Cults of the 1890s102
Ch. 5A Christian Nation: Signs of a Covenant120
Ch. 6Women, Citizenship, and Civic Sacrifice: Engendering Patriotism in the First World War139
Ch. 7Patriotism in Orange: The Memory of World War I in a Massachusetts Town160
Ch. 8Dreaming in Black and White: African-American Patriotism and World War II Bonds191
Ch. 9In the Mirror of the Enemy: Japanese Political Culture and the Peculiarities of American Patriotism in World War II211
Ch. 10"Good Americans": Nationalism and Domesticity in Life Magazine, 1945-1960231
Ch. 11Dilemmas of Beset Nationhood: Patriotism, the Family, and Economic Change in the 1970s and 1980s251
Ch. 12Exalting "U.S.ness": Patriotic Rituals of the Daughters of the American Revolution273
Ch. 13Moral Patriotism and Collective Memory in Whiting, Indiana, 1920-1992290
Ch. 14"Talking Lords Who Dare Not Face the Foe": Civilian Rule and the Military Notion of Patriotism in the Clinton Presidency305
Afterword: Nationalism in Europe323
Contributors341
Index343

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