Barbarian Virtues / Edition 1

Barbarian Virtues / Edition 1

by Matthew Frye Jacobson
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Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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Barbarian Virtues / Edition 1

How a new American identity was forged by immigration and expansion a century ago.

In Barbarian Virtues, Matthew Frye Jacobson offers a keenly argued and persuasive history of the close relationship between immigration and America's newly expansionist ambitions at the turn of the twentieth century. Jacobson draws upon political documents, novels, travelogues, academic treatises, and art as he recasts American political life. In so doing, he shows how today's attitudes about "Americanism" -- from Border Watch to the Gulf War -- were set in this crucial period, when the dynamics of industrialization rapidly accelerated the rate at which Americans were coming in contact with foreign peoples.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809016280
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date: 04/28/2001
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 690,073
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Barbarism, Virtue, and Modern American Nationalism3
Part IMarkets
1.Export Markets: The World's Peoples as Consumers15
2.Labor Markets: The World's Peoples as American Workers59
Part IIImages
3.Parables of Progress: Travelogues, Ghetto Sketches, and Fictions of the Foreigner105
4.Theories of Development: Scholarly Disciplines and the Hierarchy of Peoples139
Part IIIPolitics
5.Accents of Menace: Immigrants in the Republic179
6.Children of Barbarism: Republican Imperatives and Imperial Wards221
Conclusion: The Temper of U.S. Nationalism--Coming [pi] of Age in the Philippines261
Bibliographic Essay301

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