The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America

The Rise and Fall of Anglo-America

by Eric P. Kaufmann
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674013034

ISBN-13: 9780674013032

Pub. Date: 03/01/2004

Publisher: Harvard

As the 2000 census resoundingly demonstrated, the Anglo-Protestant ethnic core of the United States has all but dissolved. In a country founded and settled by their ancestors, British Protestants now make up less than a fifth of the population. This demographic shift has spawned a "culture war" within white America. While liberals seek to diversify society toward a

Overview

As the 2000 census resoundingly demonstrated, the Anglo-Protestant ethnic core of the United States has all but dissolved. In a country founded and settled by their ancestors, British Protestants now make up less than a fifth of the population. This demographic shift has spawned a "culture war" within white America. While liberals seek to diversify society toward a cosmopolitan endpoint, some conservatives strive to maintain an American ethno-national identity. Eric Kaufmann traces the roots of this culture war from the rise of WASP America after the Revolution to its fall in the 1960s, when social institutions finally began to reflect the nation's ethnic composition.

Kaufmann begins his account shortly after independence, when white Protestants with an Anglo-Saxon myth of descent established themselves as the dominant American ethnic group. But from the late 1890s to the 1930s, liberal and cosmopolitan ideological currents within white Anglo-Saxon Protestant America mounted a powerful challenge to WASP hegemony. This struggle against ethnic dominance was mounted not by subaltern immigrant groups but by Anglo-Saxon reformers, notably Jane Addams and John Dewey. It gathered social force by the 1920s, struggling against WASP dominance and achieving institutional breakthrough in the late 1960s, when America truly began to integrate ethnic minorities into mainstream culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674013032
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
03/01/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

I. The WASP Ascendancy

2. The Rise of Anglo-America

3. Limited Liberals: "Double-Consciousness" in Anglo-American Thought, 1750-1920

4. Conservative Egalitarians: The Progressive Mind in the Nineteenth Century

II. The Cosmopolitan Vanguard, 1900-1939

5. Pioneers of Equality: The Liberal Progressives

6. Cosmopolitan Clerics: The Role of Ecumenical Protestantism

7. Expressive Pathfinders: The New York Modernists

III. The Fall of Anglo-America

8. Cosmopolitanism Institutionalized, 1930-1970

9. The Decline of Anglo-America

10. Cultural Modernization: Making Sense of Anglo-America's Demise

11. American Whiteness: Dominant Ethnicity Resurgent?

12. Liberal Ethnicity and Cultural Revival: A New Paradigm

13. Conclusion

Notes

References

Acknowledgments

Index

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