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The Resource Union : the struggle to forge the story of United States nationhood, Colin Woodard

Union : the struggle to forge the story of United States nationhood, Colin Woodard

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Union : the struggle to forge the story of United States nationhood
Title
Union
Title remainder
the struggle to forge the story of United States nationhood
Statement of responsibility
Colin Woodard
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The author of American Nations returns to the historical study of a fractured America by examining how a myth of national unity was created and fought over in the nineteenth century--a myth that continues to affect us today. Union tells the story of how the myth of our national origins, identity, and purpose was intentionally created in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. A small group of individuals--historians, political leaders, and novelists--fashioned a history that attempted to erase the fundamental differences and profound tensions between the nation's regional cultures, the motive for the Confederacy's secession (protecting a slave system), and even the reasons that drove the colonies to secede from Britain. These men were creating the idea of an American nation instead of a union of disparate states, and a specific, ethnically defined "American people" instead of just a republican citizenry. Their emerging nationalist story was immediately and powerfully contested by another set of intellectuals and firebrands who argued that the United States was instead an ethno-state, the homeland of the allegedly superior "Anglo-Saxon" race, upon whom Divine and Darwinian favor shined. Their vision helped create a new federation--the Confederacy--prompting the bloody Civil War. While defeated on the battlefield, their vision later managed to win the war of ideas in the late nineteenth century, capturing the White House in the early twentieth century, and offering the first consensus, pan-regional vision of U.S. nationhood by the close of the first World War. This narrower, more exclusive vision of America would be overthrown in mid-century, but as early twenty-first-century Americans discovered, it was never fully vanquished. Woodard tells the story of the genesis and epic confrontations between these visions of our nation's path and purpose through the lives of the key figures who created them, a cast of characters whose personal quirks and virtues, gifts and demons shaped the destiny of millions"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1968-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Woodard, Colin
Dewey number
320.540973
Index
index present
LC call number
E169.1
LC item number
.W6885 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nationalism
  • Regionalism
  • United States
  • National characteristics, American
  • National characteristics, American
  • Nationalism
  • Politics and government
  • Regionalism
  • United States
Label
Union : the struggle to forge the story of United States nationhood, Colin Woodard
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1127540890
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 417 pages
Isbn
9780525560159
Lccn
2019057963
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Union : the struggle to forge the story of United States nationhood, Colin Woodard
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1127540890
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 417 pages
Isbn
9780525560159
Lccn
2019057963
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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