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Creating an American Identity: New England, 1789-1825
     

Creating an American Identity: New England, 1789-1825

by Stephanie Kermes
 

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Creating an American Identity examines the relationship between regionalism and nationalism in New England between 1789 and 1825. Stephanie Kermes demonstrates how New Englanders and their neighbors in New York and Pennsylvania used trans-Atlantic symbols as both a model and an antithesis in the creation of their own national identity during this period. In

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Creating an American Identity examines the relationship between regionalism and nationalism in New England between 1789 and 1825. Stephanie Kermes demonstrates how New Englanders and their neighbors in New York and Pennsylvania used trans-Atlantic symbols as both a model and an antithesis in the creation of their own national identity during this period. In inventing their collective identity, Northerners not only excluded Europeans but also Southerners from their vision of America. Widely used visual representations of New England landscapes, virtues, and people cultivated a strong regional loyalty, which in turn help to forge an American nationalism.

About the Author:
Stephanie Kermes is an Assistant Professor of Social Science at Boston University. She lives in Salem, Massachusetts with her husband and daughter

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"In this excellent book, Stephanie Kermes makes a signal contribution to cultural history and regional history.She draws on a transatlantic research base, and she offers a host of original insights on the creation of identity in the early national era.All scholars of New England and the early Republic should read this book." - Joan E. Cashin, editor of Our Common Affairs: Texts from Women in the Old South"Taken together, these forays into regional consciousness-building add valuable insights into the often schizophrenic development of "American" identity ebfore the Age of Jackson." - Len Travers, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, American Historical Review"Kernes's book makes an important contribution to our understanding of the relationship between nationa, regional, and local identities in early national America." - Paul E. Teed, Saginaw Valley State University, Michigan

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230267602
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
06/24/2008
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
922 KB

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Stephanie Kermes is an Assistant Professor of Social Science at Boston University.

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