The Rise of Multicultural America: Economy and Print Culture, 1865-1915

The Rise of Multicultural America: Economy and Print Culture, 1865-1915

by Susan L. Mizruchi



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The Rise of Multicultural America: Economy and Print Culture, 1865-1915 by Susan L. Mizruchi

Between the Civil War and World War I the United States underwent the most rapid economic expansion in history. At the same time, the country experienced unparalleled rates of immigration. In The Rise of Multicultural America, Susan Mizruchi examines the convergence of these two extraordinary developments. No issue was more salient in postbellum American capitalist society, she argues, than the country's bewilderingly diverse population. This era marked the emergence of Americans' self-consciousness about what we today call multiculturalism.

Mizruchi approaches this complex development from the perspective of print culture, demonstrating how both popular and elite writers played pivotal roles in articulating the stakes of this national metamorphosis. In a period of widespread literacy, writers assumed a remarkable cultural authority as best-selling works of literature and periodicals reached vast readerships and immigrants could find newspapers and magazines in their native languages. Mizruchi also looks at the work of journalists, photographers, social reformers, intellectuals, and advertisers. Identifying the years between 1865 and 1915 as the founding era of American multiculturalism, Mizruchi provides a historical context that has been overlooked in contemporary debates about race, ethnicity, immigration, and the dynamics of modern capitalist society. Her analysis recuperates a legacy with the potential to both invigorate current battle lines and highlight points of reconciliation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807832509
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 01/01/2009
Edition description: 1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

About the Author

Susan L. Mizruchi is professor of English and American studies at Boston University. Her four previous books include The Science of Sacrifice: American Literature and Modern Social Theory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 Remembering Civil War 10

2 Racism as Opportunity in the Reconstruction Era 44

3 Cosmopolitanism 76

4 Indian Sacrifice in an Age of Progress 102

5 Marketing Culture 138

6 Varieties of Work 176

7 Corporate America 213

8 American Utopias 256

Afterword 288

Notes 291

Index 333

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Susan Mizruchi interweaves approaches from women's studies, Black studies, and Native American studies into close readings of major and minor figures of American literature to produce an impressively comprehensive study that should be of interest to the scholar of literature as well as to the historian and the sociologist.—Werner Sollors, Harvard University

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