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Behold, America : the entangled history of "America first" and "the American dream"  Cover Image Book Book

Behold, America : the entangled history of "America first" and "the American dream"

Summary: "In Behold, America, Sarah Churchwell offers a surprising account of twentieth-century Americans' fierce battle for the nation's soul. It follows the stories of two phrases--the "American dream" and "America First"--that once embodied opposing visions for America. Starting as a Republican motto before becoming a hugely influential isolationist slogan during World War I, America First was always closely linked with authoritarianism and white supremacy. The American dream, meanwhile, initially represented a broad vision of democratic and economic equality. Churchwell traces these notions through the 1920s boom, the Depression, and the rise of fascism at home and abroad, laying bare the persistent appeal of demagoguery in America and showing us how it was resisted. At a time when many ask what America's future holds, Behold, America is a revelatory, unvarnished portrait of where we have been"--

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  • ISBN: 9781541673403
  • ISBN: 1541673409
  • ISBN: 9781541673427
  • ISBN: 1541673425
  • Physical Description: print
    viii, 348 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Basic Books, [2018]

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General Note:
"September 2018"--Title page verso.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 295-326) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction -- Prologue : First, America first -- Part one. 1900-1920. The American dream 1900-1916 : the spirit of American dreams -- America first 1900-1916 : pure Americanism against the universe -- The American dream 1917-1920 : what do you call that but socialism? -- America first 1917-1920 : we have emerged from Dreamland -- Part two. 1920-1930. The American dream 1921-1923 : salesmen of prosperity -- America first 1920-1923 : the simplicity of government -- The American dream 1924-1929 : a willingness of the heart -- America first 1923-1929 : a super patriot, patriot -- Part three. 1930-1940. The American dream 1930-1934 : das Dollarland -- America first 1930-1934 : the official recognition of reality -- The American dream 1934-1939 : the pageant of history -- America first 1935-1939 : it can happen here -- America first and the American dream 1939-1941 : Americans! Wake up! -- Epilogue. 1945-2017 : still America firsting.
Subject: National characteristics, American History 20th century
American Dream
Nationalism United States History 20th century
United States Social conditions 20th century
HISTORY United States General
American Dream
National characteristics, American
Nationalism
Social conditions
United States
Genre: History.
Nonfiction.

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