Rough Writing: Ethnic Authorship in Theodore Roosevelt's America

Rough Writing: Ethnic Authorship in Theodore Roosevelt's America

by Aviva F. Taubenfeld
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814782914

ISBN-13: 9780814782910

Pub. Date: 11/01/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

As the United States struggled to absorb a massive influx of ethnically diverse immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century, the question of who and what an American is took on urgent intensity. It seemed more critical than ever to establish a definition by which Americanness could be established, transmitted, maintained, and judged. Americans of all stripes

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Overview

As the United States struggled to absorb a massive influx of ethnically diverse immigrants at the turn of the twentieth century, the question of who and what an American is took on urgent intensity. It seemed more critical than ever to establish a definition by which Americanness could be established, transmitted, maintained, and judged. Americans of all stripes sought to articulate and enforce their visions of the nation’s past, present, and future; central to these attempts was President Theodore Roosevelt.

Roosevelt fully recognized the narrative component of American identity, and he called upon authors of diverse European backgrounds including Israel Zangwill, Jacob Riis, Elizabeth Stern, and Finley Peter Dunne to promote the nation in popular written form. With the swell and shift in immigration, he realized that a more encompassing national literature was needed to “express and guide the soul of the nation.” Rough Writing examines the surprising place and implications of the immigrant and of ethnic writing in Roosevelt’s America and American literature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814782910
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2008
Series:
Nation of Nations Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
255
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. Mendel’s Melting Pot: Israel Zangwill and the Science of the Crucible

2. Two Flags to Love: Jacob Riis and the Transnational American at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

3. Making American Homes and America Home: Theodore Roosevelt and Elizabeth Stern in the Pages of the Ladies’ Home Journal

4. “Threatin’ Him as a Akel”: Finley Peter Dunne’s Ethnic Critique of “True Americanism”

Epilogue

Notes

Bibliography

Index

About the Author

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