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The Resource Civic Ideals : Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U. S. History, (electronic resource:)

Civic Ideals : Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U. S. History, (electronic resource:)

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Civic Ideals : Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U. S. History
Title
Civic Ideals
Title remainder
Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U. S. History
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eng
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Awards note
Rea Non-Fiction Prize (Boston, Massachusetts) (nominated), 1998
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BIP US
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Smith, Rogers M
Intended audience
Scholarly & Professional
Intended audience source
Yale University Press
Series statement
The Yale ISPS Ser.
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  • Is civic identity in the United States really defined by liberal, democratic political principles? Or is U.S. citizenship the product of multiple traditions -- not only liberalism and republicanism but also white supremacy, Anglo-Saxon supremacy, Protestant supremacy, and male Supremacy? In this powerful and disturbing book, Rogers Smith traces political struggles over U.S. citizenship laws from the colonial period through the Progressive era and shows that throughout this time, most adults were legally denied access to full citizenship, including political rights, solely because of their race, ethnicity, or gender. Basic conflicts over these denials have driven political development and civic membership in the U.S., Smith argues. These conflicts are what truly define U.S. civic identity up to this day.<P>Others have claimed that nativist, racist, and sexist traditions have been marginal or that they are purely products of capitalist institutions. In contrast, Smith's pathbreaking account explains why these,traditions have been central to American political and economic life. He shows that in the politics of nation building, principles of democracy and liberty have often failed to foster a sense of shared "peoplehood" and have instead led many Americans to claim that they are a "chosen people", a "master race" or superior culture, with distinctive gender roles. Smith concludes that today the United States is in a period of reaction against the egalitarian civic reforms of the last generation, with nativist, racist, and sexist beliefs regaining influence. He suggests ways that proponents of liberal democracy should alter their view of U.S. citizenship in order to combat thesedevelopments more effectively.<P>"An important and original argument that ranges through a long period of American history and makes a major contribution to the debate about the bases of American nationality and civic identity". -- Eri
  • Is civic identity in the United States really defined by liberal, democratic political principles? Or is U.S. citizenship the product of multiple traditions -- not only liberalism and republicanism but also white supremacy, Anglo-Saxon supremacy, Protestant supremacy, and male Supremacy? In this powerful and disturbing book, Rogers Smith traces political struggles over U.S. citizenship laws from the colonial period through the Progressive era and shows that throughout this time, most adults were legally denied access to full citizenship, including political rights, solely because of their race, ethnicity, or gender. Basic conflicts over these denials have driven political development and civic membership in the U.S., Smith argues. These conflicts are what truly define U.S. civic identity up to this day. Others have claimed that nativist, racist, and sexist traditions have been marginal or that they are purely products of capitalist institutions. In contrast, Smith's pathbreaking account explains why these,traditions have been central to American political and economic life. He shows that in the politics of nation building, principles of democracy and liberty have often failed to foster a sense of shared "peoplehood" and have instead led many Americans to claim that they are a "chosen people", a "master race" or superior culture, with distinctive gender roles. Smith concludes that today the United States is in a period of reaction against the egalitarian civic reforms of the last generation, with nativist, racist, and sexist beliefs regaining influence. He suggests ways that proponents of liberal democracy should alter their view of U.S. citizenship in order to combat thesedevelopments more effectively."An important and original argument that ranges through a long period of American history and makes a major contribution to the debate about the bases of American nationality and civic identity". -- Eri
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Civic Ideals : Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U. S. History, (electronic resource:)
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OCM1bookssj0000122692
Dimensions
09.250 x 06.130 in.
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unknown
Extent
736 p.
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9780300078770
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9780300078770
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remote
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(WaSeSS)ssj0000122692
Label
Civic Ideals : Conflicting Visions of Citizenship in U. S. History, (electronic resource:)
Publication
Control code
OCM1bookssj0000122692
Dimensions
09.250 x 06.130 in.
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
736 p.
Governing access note
License restrictions may limit access
Isbn
9780300078770
Other control number
9780300078770
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0000122692

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