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The Resource We are all Americans, pure and simple : Theodore Roosevelt and the myth of Americanism, Leroy G. Dorsey

We are all Americans, pure and simple : Theodore Roosevelt and the myth of Americanism, Leroy G. Dorsey

Label
We are all Americans, pure and simple : Theodore Roosevelt and the myth of Americanism
Title
We are all Americans, pure and simple
Title remainder
Theodore Roosevelt and the myth of Americanism
Statement of responsibility
Leroy G. Dorsey
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"The turn of the 20th century represented one of the most chaotic periods in the nation's history, as immigrants, Native Americans, and African Americans struggled with their roles as Americans while white America feared their impact on national identity. This book examines Theodore Roosevelt's public rhetoric - speeches, essays, and narrative histories - as he attempted to craft one people out of many. Leroy G. Dorsey observes that Roosevelt's solution to the problem appeared straightforward: everyone could become "Americans, pure and simple" if they embraced his notion of "Americanism." Roosevelt grounded his idea of Americanism in myth, particularly the frontier myth - a heroic combination of individual strength and character. When nonwhites and immigrants demonstrated these traits, he believed, they would become true Americans, earning an exalted status that they had heretofore been denied." "Dorsey's analysis illuminates how Roosevelt's rhetoric achieved a number of delicate, if problematic, balancing acts. Roosevelt gave his audiences the opportunity to accept a national identity that allowed "some" room for immigrants and nonwhites, while reinforcing their status as others, thereby reassuring white Americans of their superior place in the nation. Roosevelt's belief in an ordered and unified nation did not overwhelm his private racist attitudes, Dorsey argues, but certainly competed with them. Despite his private sentiments, he recognized that racist beliefs and rhetoric were divisive and bad for the nation's progress. The resulting message he chose to propagate was thus one of a rhetorical, if not literal, melting pot." "By focusing on Roosevelt's rhetorical constructions of national identity, as opposed to his role as a policy maker, We Are All Americans offers new insights into Roosevelt's use of public discourse to bind the nation together during one of the most polarized periods in its history."--BOOK JACKET
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1959-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Dorsey, Leroy G.
Dewey number
  • 973.91/1092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
E757
LC item number
.D67 2007
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Rhetoric
  • National characteristics, American
  • Americanization
  • Immigrants
  • Indians of North America
  • African Americans
  • Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric
  • Rhetoric
  • National characteristics, American
  • Americanization
  • Immigrants
  • Indians of North America
  • African Americans
  • Roosevelt, Theodore
  • United States
  • United States
Label
We are all Americans, pure and simple : Theodore Roosevelt and the myth of Americanism, Leroy G. Dorsey
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-215) 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
Contents
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Roosevelt's Americanism and the Myth of Origin -- 2. Forging Americanism on the Frontier: Immigrants and The Winning of the West -- 3. Red into White: Native Americans and Americanism -- 4. Shaping the African American Image: Americanism and the "Negro Problem" -- 5. From Hero to Traitor to Good Citizen: Americanism and the Campaign against the Hyphen -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliographic Essay -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
137324898
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 218 pages
Isbn
9780817315924
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007016102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)137324898
Label
We are all Americans, pure and simple : Theodore Roosevelt and the myth of Americanism, Leroy G. Dorsey
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-215) 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
Contents
Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 1. Roosevelt's Americanism and the Myth of Origin -- 2. Forging Americanism on the Frontier: Immigrants and The Winning of the West -- 3. Red into White: Native Americans and Americanism -- 4. Shaping the African American Image: Americanism and the "Negro Problem" -- 5. From Hero to Traitor to Good Citizen: Americanism and the Campaign against the Hyphen -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliographic Essay -- Bibliography -- Index
Control code
137324898
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 218 pages
Isbn
9780817315924
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2007016102
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)137324898

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