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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Indiscriminate mixing would inevitably lower a superior race’s intelligence, morals, and courage. Sign In or Create an Account.
Things have only accelerated since then with smerican increasingly asserting religious law comes before civil law. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Gary Gerstle traces the forces of civic and racial nationalism, arguing that both profoundly shaped our society.
Starts with Teddy Roosevelt and progresses through the modern era.
American Crucible: Race and Nation in the Twentieth Century by Gary Gerstle
But that is getting ahead of the story. With the integrity of the herstle principles and of the nation itself enfeebled, the Vietnam War did little to bring Americans together. 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.
Nationalist sentiment can rest on a series of rational political principles as well as on myth, emotion, and contradiction. Addison rated it it was amazing Dec 08, Princeton University Press- History – pages.
Excerpt: ‘American Crucible’
I liked the analysis of how racial politics has changed the way Americans consider civic nationalism and what being civic minded actually means in the US. It posits that non-white races are impure, unintelligent, and incapable of the individual responsibility needed to join the American nation as full citizens. Speaking as a Victim of This American System.
This edition features a new chapter on the age of Barack Obama, which Gerstle describes as a brief respite of civic nationalism amid a resurgent trend of racist rhetoric.
Contents Theodore Roosevelts Racialized Nation The bonds of nationhood had weakened, and the Rooseveltian program of nation building that had created those bonds in the first place had been repudiated.
In the face of this persistent racism, some African Americans lost faith in the civic creed, and rather than use the ideal of equality to battle prejudice, brought new life to race-based identity by supporting a separatist, black supremacist movement.
Excerpt: ‘American Crucible’ : NPR
Makes me want to teach a US history class around the question of what unites and divides Americans given that the current academic and teaching focus is currently on division.
The climax of Gerstle’s book comes in the ‘s, when the Civil Rights movement, even in its moments of triumph against racial nationalism inabandoned the civic nationalist creed that had underlined MLK’s ideology in favor of black nationalism. However, he remained a strong believer in the ideal of civic equality and, as a Progressive, extended it to the socio-economic sphere through calls for the regulation of capitalism and the establishment of state welfare programs.
A good general overview of race, ethnicity and immigration during the 20th Century. I show how both ideals influenced critical immigration and war mobilization policies, shaped social reform movements ranging from progressivism and the New Deal to the Congress of Industrial Organizations CIO and civil rights, and animated the nation’s communal imagination.
Ben rated it really liked it Feb 10, Crucibl rated it liked it May 20, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Theodore Roosevelts Racialized Nation Racial nationalism is the ameriican 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.
The notes to my chapters record the fullness of my debt. Account Options Sign in. Also, as I mentioned earlier, projecting what dead people would think about specific modern events was unnecessary.
Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. In my opinion it is not racial crucilbe we need fear, but rather a religious one. In my experience racial identity, spawned by discrimination and racism, does not entirely divorce those adopting it from a desire for civic nationalism.