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Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peopless At Home & Abroad, 1876-1917

Jacobson, Matthew Frye

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ISBN 10: 0809028085 / ISBN 13: 9780809028085
Published by Hill & Wang, 2000
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New York. 2000. Hill & Wang. 1st American Edition. Very Good In Dustjacket. 324 pages. hardcover. Jacket photograph of postcard - 'All Kinds of Little Trouble' courtesy of Louise Newman. Jacket design by Abby Kagan. 0809028085. keywords: 41710. inventory # 33987. FROM THE PUBLISHER - How a new American identity was forged by immigration and expansion a century ago. In Barbarian Virtues, Matthew Frye Jacobson offers a keenly argued and persuasive history of the close relationship between immigration and America's newly expansionist ambitions at the turn of the twentieth century. Jacobson draws upon political documents, novels, travelogues, academic treatises, and art as he recasts American political life. In so doing, he shows how today's attitudes about 'Americanism' -- from Border Watch to the Gulf War -- were set in this crucial period, when the dynamics of industrialization rapidly accelerated the rate at which Americans were coming in contact with foreign peoples. Bookseller Inventory # 33987

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Title: Barbarian Virtues: The United States ...

Publisher: Hill & Wang

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good In Dustjacket

Edition: 1st Edition.

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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.
In Barbarian 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 Virtues 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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Matthew Frye Jacobson, associate professor of American studies at Yale, is the author of Whiteness of a Different Color and Special Sorrows. He lives in New York.

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