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Barbarian Virtues: The United States Encounters Foreign Peoples at Home and Abroad, 1876-1917

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How a new American identity was forged by immigration and expansion a century ago.

In Barbarian Virtues, Matthew Frye Jacobson offers a keenly argued and persuasive history of the close relationship between immigration and America's newly expansionist ambitions at the turn of the twentieth century. Jacobson draws upon political documents, novels, travelogues, academic treat
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published April 16th 2001 by Hill and Wang (first published 2000)
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Joseph Stieb
May 20, 2015 Joseph Stieb rated it really liked it
I'd say if you've read Gary Gerstle's American Crucible you don't really have to read Barbarian Virtues, but it's a solid study nonetheless. It's mainly about the period of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in which America was coming into the international scene in 2 ways. 1. By gaining a global empire and millions of new subjects from different races. 2. The influx of millions of immigrants, mostly to work in America's burgeoning industrial scene. There were several inherent conflicts her ...more
Jim Malachowski
Apr 09, 2016 Jim Malachowski rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
In his book Barbarian Virtues: The United States encounters foreign peoples at home and abroad, 1876-1917, Matthew Frye Jacobson rethinks the legacy of American industrial expansion bridging the 19th and 20th Centuries. This new scale of production required new markets, new consumers, and a government ready to support capitalism with its newly modernized military. The desire for economic expansion translated into a foreign policy that gave the United States a string of new territorial possession ...more
Ailecia Alabama
Jan 19, 2008 Ailecia Alabama rated it really liked it
Shelves: nationalism
Matthew Frye Jacobson’s Barbarian Virtues is an American studies text that focuses on various discourses surrounding, as the subtitle suggests, the Unites States and its “encounters [with:] foreign peoples at home and abroad” between 1876-1917. In constructing this discourse, Jacobson uses travelogues, novels, court cases and their histories, published works, newspapers, cartoons, and other forms of political and social commentary to construct the United States between 1876 (the date of the Cen ...more
Jason Williams
May 10, 2009 Jason Williams rated it it was amazing
A well written and well researched historical perspective on the USA's love-hate relationship with its own white nationalism and imperialism. It is particularly important to understand these early years of increasing heterogeneity and industrial capitalism, before the State's more obvious, and egregious, global presence after WWII. More fundamentally, Jacobson forces us to recognize that white nationalism itself was, and continues to be, a colonization of America's non-white citizens.
Danielle
Jan 11, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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An informative book written in an engaging manner - certainly worth your time if you're interested in learning more about the people of the US during Gilded Age and early twentieth century.
Donnie
Aug 05, 2007 Donnie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: people who like history
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Awesome and thorough. We cannot understand empire without understanding how Americans experienced the cultures and people it came to exploit during this time period. I loved this book.
Blake
Oct 16, 2012 Blake rated it really liked it
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Very good, broad based discussion on American Empire building on perceptions back home.
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Read for school; a class about American empire
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solid.
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