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

Barbarian Virtues : The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917 - 00 edition

Barbarian Virtues : The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917 - 00 edition

ISBN13: 9780809016280

ISBN10: 0809016281

Barbarian Virtues : The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917 by Matthew Frye Jacobson - ISBN 9780809016280
Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 00
Copyright: 2000
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Published: 2000
International: No
Barbarian Virtues : The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917 by Matthew Frye Jacobson - ISBN 9780809016280

ISBN13: 9780809016280

ISBN10: 0809016281

Cover type: Print On Demand
Edition: 00

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Summary

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 the escalation of economic and military involvement 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.

Author Bio

Jacobson, Matthew Frye : Yale University

Matthew Frye Jacobson, a professor of American Studies at Yale, is the author of Whiteness of a Different Color and Special Sorrows. He lives in New York City.