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Barbarian virtues : the United States encounters foreign peoples at home and abroad, 1876-1917

Author: Matthew Frye Jacobson
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st pbk. edView all editions and formats
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This book is an 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Frye Jacobson
ISBN: 0809016281 9780809016280
OCLC Number: 47935971
Description: xii, 324 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: Introduction : Barbarism, virtue, and modern American nationalism --
Export markets : The world's peoples as consumers --
Labor markets : The world's peoples as American workers --
Parables of progress : Travelogues, ghetto sketches, and fictions of the foreigner --
Theories of development : Scholarly disciplines and the hierarchy of peoples --
Accents of menance : Immigrants in the republic --
Children of barbarism : Republican imperatives and imperial wards --
Conclusion : The temper of U.S. nationalism--coming of age in the Philippines.
Responsibility: Matthew Frye Jacobson.

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This book is an 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. In this work, the author 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, he 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. This book shows how these years set the stage for today's attitudes and ideas about "Americanism" and about immigrants and foreign policy, from Border Watch to the Gulf War.

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