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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Prior to the past twenty years, however, much of it tended to depict racism as the work of white southerners, the ignorant poor, and aristocratic reactionaries and others who were out of touch with the American mainstream or at least with its dominant, liberal currents.

In its first two decades, the movement for racial equality was civic nationalist to the core, identifying itself with the Pilgrims, Founding Fathers, and the American dream, and calling on all Americans to respect their democratic inheritance and judge each other — in the words of Martin Luther King Jr. He puts forth Teddy Roosevelt as the founder of 20th century civic nationalism, albeit a racially limited version. Civic Nationalism and Its Contradictions Racial nationalism is the idea that America is a white nation that must control who is allowed in, who mixes with whom, and what rights and wealth non-whites have.

Our political campaigns have become dominated by this as well. Weston rated it it was amazing Jun 04, Gerstle identifies a caesura in the civil rights movement of the s in combination with the Vietnam War.

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But because they were enshrined in the American nation’s founding documents, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, Schlesinger and others have argued that they have marked something distinctive about the American people and their polity. A very well-written, easy to read examination of US nationalism. Increasingly, cruvible see public policy, and the worth of public officials, being judged based upon their adherence to a religious credo.

Beyond the Rooseveltian Nation 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.

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AMERICAN CRUCIBLE: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century

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Addison rated it it was amazing Dec 08, View all 3 comments. Jan 15, Pinko Palest rated it really liked it. Just as other scholars have insisted on the centrality of race to notions of American freedom and wmerican consciousness, so I argue for its importance in regard to American nationalism.

The Militarys Hidden Race War. In this view war offers a way for the country to test itself, and to fight for its most important values. Sign In Forgot password? TR believed that Americans of white European stock could be melded together in crucibles, especially war, that would break down their ethnic differences and unite them in manly struggle and under a common creed. Most users should sign in with their email address. Kennedy was pressured to reassure the American public that his religious rcucible would not influence public policy.

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To ask other readers questions about American Crucibleplease sign up. Gerstle structures his book using well known historical figures to illustrate his point, particularly in the person former president Theodore Roosevelt.

Furthermore, the American state persists and has not literally collapsed into a series of regionally defined separatist nations. A focus on americcan allows us to discern an exclusionary tendency within the civic nationalist tradition itself, one that limited its ideological elasticity and sometimes compromised the atmosphere of openness and tolerance that it bestowed on American society.

In this engrossing, powerfully argued study, Gerstle Working-Class Americanism shows how this struggle has shaped the past years of U. Gary Gerstle traces the forces of civic and racial nationalism, arguing that both profoundly shaped our society. The rescue of their work from the margins, along with the work of scholars such as Morgan and Roediger in the last generation, has now made that once submerged notion difficult to ignore.

While the book is well written and informative, shedding light on American cruxible, specifically concerning the Roosevelts and their americam, I believe that Gerstle stops too short in his argument by only including race as an opposition to civic nationalism.