Barbarian Virtues

Barbarian Virtues

The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917

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A brilliant examination of national identity in a crucial period The United States first announced its power on the international scene at the Centennial Exhibition in 1876 and first demonstrated that power during World War I. The years in between were a period of dramatic change, when the dynamics of industrialization rapidly accelerated the rate at which Americans were coming in contact with foreign peoples, both at home and abroad. InBarbarian Virtues, Matthew Frye Jacobson shows how American conceptions of peoplehood, citizenship, and national identity were transformed in these crucial years by escalating economic and military involvements abroad and by the massive influx of immigrants at home. Drawing upon a diverse range of sources--not only traditional political documents but also novels, travelogues, academic treatises, and art--Jacobson demonstrates the close relationship between immigration and expansionism. By bridging these two areas, so often left separate, he rethinks the texture of American political life in a keenly argued and persuasive history.Barbarian Virtuesshows how these years set the stage for today's attitudes and ideas about "Americanism" and about immigrants and foreign policy, fromBorder Watchto the Gulf War.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2000
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780809028085
0809028085
Characteristics: xii, 324 p. : ill., [16] p. of plates ; 24 cm

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