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This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity / Edition 1
     

This Violent Empire: The Birth of an American National Identity / Edition 1

by Carroll Smith-Rosenberg
 

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ISBN-10: 0807832960

ISBN-13: 9780807832967

Pub. Date: 05/03/2010

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press

This Violent Empire traces the origins of American violence, racism, and paranoia to the founding moments of the new nation and the initial instability of Americans' national sense of self.

Fusing cultural and political analyses to create a new form of political history, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg explores the ways the founding generation, lacking a common

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This Violent Empire traces the origins of American violence, racism, and paranoia to the founding moments of the new nation and the initial instability of Americans' national sense of self.

Fusing cultural and political analyses to create a new form of political history, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg explores the ways the founding generation, lacking a common history, governmental infrastructures, and shared culture, solidified their national sense of self by imagining a series of "Others" (African Americans, Native Americans, women, the propertyless) whose differences from European American male founders overshadowed the differences that divided those founders. These "Others," dangerous and polluting, had to be excluded from the European American body politic. Feared, but also desired, they refused to be marginalized, incurring increasingly enraged enactments of their political and social exclusion that shaped our long history of racism, xenophobia, and sexism. Close readings of political rhetoric during the Constitutional debates reveal the genesis of this long history.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807832967
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/03/2010
Series:
Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

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