Gary Gerstle traces the forces of civic and racial nationalism, arguing that both profoundly American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century. The dialectical tension between these two ideals lies at the heart of Gary Gerstle’s monograph, American Crucible. Much like E. J. Hobsbawm’s analysis of the. American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century By Gary Gerstle Paperback, pages. Princeton University Press List price.
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American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century
The rapid spread of black gegstle principles to a mostly white and middle-class university population and, then, to far larger segments of white America, including European ethnics often thought to be black power’s diehard opponents, accelerated this nation’s collapse.
Such disciplining was expected cgucible to marginalize and punish the dissenters or to tame and “Americanize” them, rendering them suitable for incorporation into the national community. Theodore Roosevelt was a man who fully embodied these nationalist tensions who here serves as a amerjcan model for understanding how civic and racially-based ideologies fought for dominance in American society. The questions of why certain groups were able to overcome allegations of racial inferiority and others not and how their struggles for inclusion both challenged and reinforced the tradition of American racial nationalism form an important part of the story that this book tells.
Brandi rated it really liked it Sep 12, All of this testifies to this fear.
He made very good use of his sources, though at times neglected to cite statements made crkcible clearly required it. Although I don’t quite agree with every aspect of Gerstle’s tidy argument, this is an impressive and thought-provoking history of the intertwined and competing notions of race and identity in 20th century US history.
Don’t have an account? The Rooseveltian Nation Ascendant Once the idea of a nation emerged, Anderson has written, it was “capable of being transplanted.
Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century. Nathalie rated it liked it May 20, Books Featured In This Story. Things have only accelerated since then with candidates increasingly asserting religious law comes before civil law.
American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century by Gary Gerstle
Books by Gary Gerstle. This sweeping history of twentieth-century America follows the changing and often conflicting ideas about the fundamental nature of American society: First, I am beholden to those scholars who, in the last fifteen years, have revived the study of nations. To ask other readers questions about American Crucibleplease sign up. Civic Nationalism and Its Contradictions Trent Drake rated it liked it Mar 03, Selected pages Title Page.
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With a meticulous eye for detail, he moves deftly from quoting Theodore Roosevelt’s desire for “hyphenated Americans” to become “Americans pure and simple” to a telling exegesis on how Superman comics represented a unique moment in the conceptualization of “the immigrant,” specifically the Jewish immigrant, in popular culture. Indiscriminate mixing grrstle inevitably lower a superior race’s intelligence, morals, and courage. Liberal reformers began arguing that corporations were occluding individual opportunity for the masses and that a regulatory state was now necessary to restore faith in America or in what the liberal intellectual Herbert Croly called “the promise of American life.
Jan 15, Pinko Palest rated it really liked it. A History of the American Race. You could not be signed in. The ideal of the multiracial, multicultural society has always been influenced dynamically by the competing, very potent ideal of America as a white, Protestant country.
AMERICAN CRUCIBLE: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century
Overlapping this is the effect of immigration policy and war on this mix mixture of racial and civic nationalism. The heyday of racial nationalism in America was the ‘s, especially the immigration quota system that set stringent limits if not straight-up bans on many ethnic groups, especially Asians. Mar 14, Jela rated it really liked it.
There is a lot of material here. The Vietnam War, alone among twentieth-century wars, could not be turned to nation-building purposes.