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Working-Class Americanism: The Politics of Labor in a Textile City, 1914-1960

Working-Class Americanism: The Politics of Labor in a Textile City, 1914-1960

by Gary GerstleGary Gerstle


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In this classic interpretation of the 1930s rise of industrial unionism, Gary Gerstle challenges the popular historical notion that American workers' embrace of "Americanism" and other patriotic sentiments in the post-World War I years indicated their fundamental political conservatism. He argues that Americanism was a complex, even contradictory, language of nationalism that lent itself to a wide variety of ideological constructions in the years between World War I and the onset of the Cold War. Using the rich and textured material left behind by New England's most powerful textile union—the Independent Textile Union of Woonsocket, Rhode Island—Gerstle uncovers for the first time a more varied and more radical working-class discourse.

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ISBN-13: 9780691089119
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 03/31/2002
Edition description: With a New preface by the author
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Gary Gerstle is Professor of History and Director of the Center for Historical Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. He is the author of the forthcoming book American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century (Princeton).

Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Acknowledgments xiii


CHAPTER 1 Theodore Roosevelt's Racialized Nation, 1890-1900 14

A History of the American "Race" 17

War, Renewal, and the Problem of the "Smoked Yankee" 25.

CHAPTER 2 Civic Nationalism and Its Contradictions, 1890-1917 44

"True Americanism" 47

Racial Dilemmas 59

The New Nationalism 65

CHAPTER 3 Hardening the Boundaries of the Nation, 1917-1929 81

War and Discipline 83

"Keeping Pure the Blood of America" 95

Civic Nationalism in the New Racial Regime 115

Aborting the New Nationalism 122

CHAPTER 4 The Rooseveltian Nation Ascendant, 1930-1940 128

A Kinder and Gentler Nation Builder 131

Radicalizing the Civic Nationalist Creed 139

Conservative Counterattack 156

The Survival of Racialized Nationalism 162

CHAPTER 5 Good War,Race War,1941-1945 187

The Good War 189

Race War 201

"Something Drastic Should Be Done" The Military's Hidden Race War 210

Combat and White Male Comradeship 220

CHAPTER 6 The Cold War, Anticommunism, and Nation in Flux, 1946-1960 238

War, Repression, and Nation Building 241

The Red Scare and the Decline of Racial Nationalism 246

Racial Nationalism Redux: The Case of Immigration Reform 256

CHAPTER 7 Civil Rights, White Resistance, and Black Nationalism, 1960-1968 268

Civil Rights and Civic Nationalism 270

"I Question America" The Crisis in Atlantic City 286

"Speaking as a Victim of This American System" 295

CHAPTER 8 Vietnam, Cultural Revolt, and the Collapse of the Rooseveltian Nation, 1968-1975 311

A Catastrophic War 313

The Spread of Anti-Americanism and the Revolt against Assimilation 327

The Collapse of the Rooseveltian Nation 342

EPILOGUE Beyond the Rooseveltian Nation, 1975-2000 347

Varieties of Multiculturalism 349

"A Springtime of Hope" Ronald Reagan and the Nationalist Renaissance 357

Reviving the Liberal Nation 365

Notes 375

Index 439

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