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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Roosevelt’s vision of a hybrid and superior “American race,” strengthened by war, would inspire the social, diplomatic, and economic policies of American liberals ammerican decades. To write the history of a nation, then, is to be alert to this range of possibilities and to identify those which seem most important. Krista rated it it was amazing Aug 31, Our political campaigns have become dominated by this as well. Racial nationalism is the idea that America is a white nation that must control who is allowed in, who mixes with whom, and amdrican rights and wealth non-whites have.

Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email. In addition to his views on racial mixing and the importance of rugged individualism, Roosevelt was passionately devoted to civic nationalism.

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Princeton University Press Amazon. Addison rated it it was amazing Dec 08, No trivia or quizzes yet. This sweeping history of twentieth-century America follows the changing and often conflicting ideas about the fundamental nature of American society: Once the idea of a nation emerged, Anderson has written, it was “capable of being transplanted. This ability to draw on a wide range of cultural artifacts and events—from Frank Capra films and the Rosenberg executions to the effect of the Black Power movement on African-American GIs in Vietnam—is matched by his portrayals of telling moments in U.


These liberals and others, I contend, were the most influential architects of the twentieth-century nation.

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Can the United States ever live up to its civic creed? Ronald Reagan and the Nationalist Renaissance. Lists with This Book. Gary Gerstle has given us a uniquely valuable tool for looking at American nationalism and the meaning of citizenship, encompassing many of the theories proposed by the above authors, but looking at it through the dual lens of racial and civic nationalism.

God is making the American. Paperbackpages. Once it occurred, the contradictions within the Rooseveltian nation overwhelmed its capacity for imparting unity and purpose to a bitterly fractured society.

American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century

No man who breeds pedigreed plants and animals can afford to neglect this thing, as you know. But many of them periodically reinscribed racialist notions into their rhetoric and policies.

As late as the s, members of the House of Representatives felt no shame in declaring on the House floor that the American “pioneer race” was being replaced by “a mongrel one,” or in admiring a scientist who told them that Americans “had been so imbued with the idea of democracy. In the pages that follow, I reconstruct the efforts to stretch the meaning of civic nationalism in this way, showing first how these efforts enjoyed success during the progressive and New Deal eras and then how the anticommunism of the Cold War snapped civic nationalism back into an older, and less flexible, form.

While most of the points it makes seem convincing, it does not go into as much detail as the reader would like.

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The mixture of these two types of nationalism has driven American governmental policy from through to the present. Gerstle structures his book using well known historical figures to illustrate his point, particularly in the person former president Theodore Roosevelt. Good War Race War In the case of the Japanese the fear was the opposite, with many believing they were equal and possibly superior to Americans of strictly European descent. Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism talks about imagined communities bound together by limit Virtually every issue we deal with as a country is, at its base, influenced by our view of national identity, and the nature of citizenship.


Mark Mossa rated it it was amazing Aug 23, Shelby Marincasiu rated it really liked it May 31, A good general overview of race, ethnicity and immigration during the 20th Century. Is America a wonderful melting pot in which the world’s ethnicities and races can come together to form a vibrant new nation, or has the American dream become, in the words of Malcolm X, the American nightmare? For Gerstle civic nationalism is ably represented by the views of historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

Citing articles via Google Scholar. Other editions – View all American Crucible: The rapid spread of black nationalist 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.

Sign in via your Institution Sign in. First was his idealization of the rugged individualist; he idolized the Indian fighter, the frontiersman, and the cowboy. In the s, the Rooseveltian nation fell apart.

Princeton University Press- History – pages. Gary Gerstle traces the forces of civic and racial nationalism, arguing that both profoundly shaped our society. Excerpted from American Crucible: