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Author Churchwell, Sarah Bartlett, 1970- author.

Title Behold, America : a history of America first and the American Dream / Sarah Churchwell.

Publication Info. London : Bloomsbury Publishing, [2018]


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Highland CC Stacks - HCCY-13  HN57 .C538 2018    AVAILABLE
Description ix, 356 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [309]-339) and index.
Summary What does America stand for in the twenty-first century? Behold, America confronts this urgent question by looking at the story behind two of the most contentious phrases in the American political playbook: the 'American dream' and 'America first'. What do these phrases tell us about America's idea of itself? What does it mean to put America first, and what exactly are Americans supposed to be dreaming of--personal wealth, public power, racial equality, political refuge, individual freedoms? What happens when these values collide? 'America first' and the 'American dream' were born nearly a century ago and instantly tangled over capitalism, democracy and race. Invoked most recently in Donald Trump's presidential campaign, they came to embody opposing views in the battle to define the soul of the nation. Behold, America recounts the unknown history of these two expressions using the voices that helped shape that debate, from Capitol Hill to the newsroom of the New York Times, students to senators, dreamers to dissenters. As America struggles again to project a shared vision, to itself and to the world, Sarah Churchwell argues that the meanings and history of these terms need to be understood afresh so that the true spirit of America can be reclaimed. Insightful and revelatory, Behold, America overturns everything we thought we knew about the American dream, America first and the battle for the identity of modern America. -- Back cover.
Contents Introduction -- Prologue: First, America first -- Part one: 1900-1920 (1. The American dream, 1900-1916: the spirit of American dreams ; 2. America first, 1900-1916: pure Americanism against the Universe ; 3. The American dream, 1917-1920: what do you call that but socialism? ; 4. America first, 1917-1920: we have emerged from Dreamland) -- Part two: 1920-1930 (5. The American dream, 1921-1923: salesmen of prosperity ; 6. America first, 1920-1923: the simplicity of government ; 7. The Amwerican dream, 1924-1929: a willingness of the heart ; 8. America first, 1923-1929: a super patriot, patriot) -- Part three: 1930-1940 (9. The American dream, 1930-1934: das Dollarland ; 10. America first, 1930-1934: the official recognition of reality ; 11. The American dream, 1934-1939: the pageant of history ; 12. America first, 1935-1939: it can happen here ; 13. America first and the American dream, 1939-1941: Americans! Wake up!) -- Epilogue, 1945-2017: still America firsting -- Coda.
Subject Umschulungswerkstätten für Siedler und Auswanderer Bitterfeld. (DE-588)10090522-5
American Dream.
Nativistic movements -- United States.
American Dream. (OCoLC)fst01738531
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Social conditions. (OCoLC)fst01919811
American dream. (DE-588)4201448-7
Konservativismus. (DE-588)4032187-3
United States -- Social conditions.
United States -- Politics and government.
United States -- History.
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title History of America first and the American Dream
ISBN 9781408894804 (hardback)
1408894807 (hardback)
9781526601131 (paperback)
1526601133 (paperback)

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