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The Resource To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism, (electronic book)

To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism, (electronic book)

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To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism
Title
To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
July Fourth, "The Star-Spangled Banner," Memorial Day, and the pledge of allegiance are typically thought of as timeless and consensual representations of a national, American culture. In fact, as Cecilia O'Leary shows, most trappings of the nation's icons were modern inventions that were deeply and bitterly contested. While the Civil War determined the survival of the Union, what it meant to be a loyal American remained an open question as the struggle to make a nation moved off of the battlefields and into cultural and political terrain. Drawing upon a wide variety of original sources, O'Leary's interdisciplinary study explores the conflict over what events and icons would be inscribed into national memory, what traditions would be invented to establish continuity with a "suitable past," who would be exemplified as national heroes, and whether ethnic, regional, and other identities could coexist with loyalty to the nation. This book traces the origins, development, and consolidation of patriotic cultures in the United States from the latter half of the nineteenth century up to World War I, a period in which the country emerged as a modern nation-state. Until patriotism became a government-dominated affair in the twentieth century, culture wars raged throughout civil society over who had the authority to speak for the nation: Black Americans, women's organizations, workers, immigrants, and activists all spoke out and deeply influenced America's public life. Not until World War I, when the government joined forces with right-wing organizations and vigilante groups, did a racially exclusive, culturally conformist, militaristic patriotism finally triumph, albeit temporarily, over more progressive, egalitarian visions. As O'Leary suggests, the paradox of American patriotism remains with us. Are nationalism and democratic forms of citizenship compatible? What binds a nation so divided by regions, languages, ethnicity, racism, gender, and class? The most thought-provoking question of this complex book is, Who gets to claim the American flag and determine the meanings of the republic for which it stands?
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EBZ
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1949-
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O'Leary, Cecilia Elizabeth
LC call number
E661
LC item number
.O46 2000eb
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Patriotism
  • Nationalism
  • United States
Label
To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism, (electronic book)
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Publication
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebs18550643e
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unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780691188508
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(EBZ)ebs18550643e
Label
To Die For: The Paradox of American Patriotism, (electronic book)
Publication
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ebs18550643e
Dimensions
unknown
Form of item
electronic
Isbn
9780691188508
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(EBZ)ebs18550643e

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