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Gabor S. Boritt

Print publication date: 1994

Print ISBN-13: 9780195089110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195089110.001.0001

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One Among Many: The United States and National Unification

One Among Many: The United States and National Unification

(p.89) 4 One Among Many: The United States and National Unification (p.90)
The Gettysburg Lectures

Carl N. Degler

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the panorama of nation-building amidst a time when America was facing a civil war of independence. Lincoln believed that the Union of 1787 had created a nation that was constantly being threatened by the existence of slavery. Many contemplated that the Union was not a nation in an organic sense and was formed only to achieve nationhood and not a nation, while others opined that the Civil War was a struggle to create a nation and not save a failed Union. However, the expanding industrial North as against the rural agriculture South and the secession of the South in 1860 only suggest an incomplete character of American nationalism.

Keywords:   nation-building, independence, nullification, Southern nationalism, unfinished nation, American nationalism, nationhood, political formations, Civil War

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