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Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U. S. Culture

ISBN-10: 0674017595
ISBN-13: 9780674017597
Edition: 2002
Authors: Amy Kaplan
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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 3/15/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

The United States has always imagined that its identity as a nation is insulated from violent interventions abroad, as if a line between domestic and foreign affairs could be neatly drawn. Yet this book argues that such a distinction, so obviously impracticable in our own global era, has been illusory at least since the war with Mexico in the mid-nineteenth century and the later wars against Spain, Cuba, and the Philippines. In this book, Amy Kaplan shows how U.S. imperialism--from "Manifest Destiny" to the "American Century"--has profoundly shaped key elements of American culture at home, and how the struggle for power over foreign peoples and places has disrupted the quest for domestic order. The neatly ordered kitchen in Catherine Beecher's household manual may seem remote from the battlefields of Mexico in 1846, just as Mark Twain's Mississippi may seem distant from Honolulu in 1866, or W. E. B. Du Bois's reports of the East St. Louis Race Riot from the colonization of Africa in 1917. But, as this book reveals, such apparently disparate locations are cast into jarring proximity by imperial expansion. In literature, journalism, film, political speeches, and legal documents, Kaplan traces the undeniable connections between American efforts to quell anarchy abroad and the eruption of such anarchy at the heart of the empire.

Amy Kaplan is Edward W. Cane Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania and author of The Social Construction of American Realism.

Introduction
Manifest Domesticity
The Imperial Routes of
Romancing the Empire
Black and Blue on
Birth of an Empire
The Imperial Cartography of
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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